3 more Minneapolis police officers charged over death of George Floyd as Chauvin’s charge raised to 2nd degree murder

A rally in Washington, DC against the death in Minneapolis police custody of George Floyd, May 31, 2020 © REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging the three other officers present during the George Floyd killing, and Derek Chauvin will now face a second-degree murder charge, according to court documents filed on Wednesday.

Footage of Chauvin pressing his knee onto Floyd’s neck – despite the prone man saying he couldn’t breathe – went viral and drew widespread condemnation. The officer was fired over the incident and was initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. According to the court documents, Chauvin now faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Protesters across the nation have demanded that the three other officers at the scene of the incident – which began as a response to a suspected forgery – be held accountable as well.

“This is another important step for justice,” Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted, in response to the attorney general’s decision.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.