Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin Taken Into Custody For George Floyd’s Killing
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in a video this week pinning George Floyd to the ground with a knee on his neck, has been taken into custody, according to NBC News.
Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Chauvin was arrested on Friday.
Chauvin was fired on Monday, along with three other police officers involved in the incident.
Floyd told officers he couldn’t breathe, as Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
"Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd can be heard saying in the video. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can't breathe."
Floyd went silent after several minutes and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Police initially said that Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and died after "suffering medical distress."
Both the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are investigating Floyd’s death, according to NBC News.