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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