Minnesota AG To Elevate Charges Against Officer In George Floyd’s Death
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison reportedly will elevate charges against former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, as well as charge the other three officers involved in the incident, according to The StarTribune.
Multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the case said Chauvin will now face a charge of second-degree murder after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he said he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter last Friday.
Further, Ellison is expected to charge the other three officers present, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The StarTribune reported:
Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.
Ellison took over prosecutions in the case just days ago, by request of Governor Tim Walz.
Floyd’s death sparked protests across the United States.