Four former Minneapolis cops now charged over the murder of George Floyd

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Enterprise News and Pictures 4/6/20 Pic shows: Former police officers (l-r) Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, shown in their booking photos, released when Chauvin had the charges against him upgraded to second degree murder yesterday (Wednesday) after originally being charged with the third-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd after he was filmed kneeling on his neck after he had been arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill. Lane, Thao and Kueng have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. George Floyd, 46, died on Monday May 25 in Minneapolis in police custody. A video showing black Mr Floyd being arrested was posted online showing him gasping for breath and saying he can't breath as white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost eight minutes. Officer Chauvin is seen and heard in that video ignoring Mr Floyd's pleas that he can't breathe and onlookers pleas for him to stop pressing his knee into the man's neck. All four police officers were fired as a result of George Floyd's death in police custody. Mr Floyd's death ignited confrontations 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 destroyed by fire. Businesses were also looted as the protests spread across the US. See story...

Four former police officers have now been charged over the death in police custody of George Floyd after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on his neck for almost nine minutes after he had been arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

Derek Chauvin had the charges against him elevated to second degree murder yesterday (Wednesday) after originally being charged with the third-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd, 46.

Former officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and Alexander Kueng have now been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.

 

Former Minneapolis cops (l-r) Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, shown in their booking photos after Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder and the others with aiding and abetting second-degree murder

George Floyd died on Monday May 25 in Minneapolis in police custody. A video showing black Mr Floyd being arrested was posted online showing him gasping for breath and saying he can’t breath as white police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for a total of eight minutes and 46 seconds – two minutes and 53 seconds after he was found to be ‘non-responsive’.

George Floyd

Officer Chauvin is seen and heard in that video ignoring Mr Floyd’s pleas that he can’t breathe and onlookers pleas for him to stop pressing his knee into the man’s neck. All four police officers involved in the arrest were fired as a result of George Floyd’s death in police custody.

Derek Chauvin

Tou Thao

Thomas Lane

Alexander Keung

George Floyd’s death has sparked huge protests across the US against racism and the police killings of black Americans.

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