Cop Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody

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Enterprise News and Pictures 28/5/20 Pic shows: Still from video footage posted on Facebook showing police officer Derek Chavin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd 46, (cropped version here not showing Mr Floyd) who died on Monday in Minneapolis in police custody. Several videos showing the arrest have been posted online with this one showing Mr Floyd gasping for breath and saying his couldn't breath as police officer Derek Chavin kneels on his neck. Officer Chavin is seen and heard in that video ignoring onlookers pleas for him to stop pressing his knee into the man's neck because Mr Flord cannot breathe. Four police officers have been fired as a result of George Floyd's death in police custody. Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said on CBS today (Thursday) that "he'd be alive today if he were white," adding:"The facts that I've seen, which are minimal, certainly lead me down the path that race was involved. I don't know whether or not there's explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved - let's be very clear." Mr Floyd's death ignited a second evening of confrontation where protestors and police clashed in Minneapolis with tear gas used by police as protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti. There was also looting and vandalism, with some buildings close to the demonstrations being destroyed by fire. The city's mayor called for criminal charges to be brought against the policeman who was filmed pining Mr Floyd on the ground with a knee in his neck. Businesses were also looted. The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement. See story...

Sacked police officer Derek Chauvin, who was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd 46, who died on Monday in Minneapolis in police custody, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

George Floyd was ignored as he said he couldn’t breathe

Several videos showing Mr Floyd’s arrest were posted online which showed Mr Floyd gasping for breath and saying his couldn’t breath as police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck.

George Floyd being arrested

Chauvin is seen and heard in video footage ignoring Mr Floyd as he complains he cannot breath and onlookers pleas for him to stop kneeling on the man’s neck.

Four police officers in total were fired as a result of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

George Floyd

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey said on CBS yesterday(Thursday) that “he’d be alive today if he were white,” adding:” I don’t know whether or not there’s explicit or implicit racism involved, but racism is involved – let’s be very clear.”

Mr Floyd’s death ignited protests over police killings of black Americans in Minneapolis and clashes with police, who used tear gas as protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti. There was also looting and vandalism, with some buildings being destroyed by fire. Businesses were also looted as the protests spread nationwide.

Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with third degree murder and said the investigation of the other officers is ongoing with charges also anticipated against them.

Mr Floyd’s family and their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said that the arrest was “welcome but overdue” but they wanted a more serious, first-degree murder charge as well as the arrest of the other officers involved.

“The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America,” he said.

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