Derek Chauvin charged with 2nd-degree murder of George Floyd

AG Keith Ellison confirmed the charges Wednesday.
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Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvinis now being charged with 2nd-degree murder in the death of George Floyd, while the other three officers at the scene of his death have been charged.

Attorney General Keith Ellison filed the additional 2nd-degree unintentional murder charge against Chauvin, 44, of Oakdale on Wednesday. He remains charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter.

The three officers at the scene of his death, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, have also been charged. More on that here.

Chauvin is currently being held in Oak Park Heights prison after being charged with murder on Friday. 

The attorney for the Floyd family, Benjamin Crump, said Wednesday morning he believed the other officers would be charged before Thursday's funeral and memorial services for Floyd.

"This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd. We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd’s death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder," Crump said Wednesday afternoon.

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest.

"That is a source of peace for George’s family in this painful time. Attorney General Ellison has informed the family that his office will continue to investigate and will upgrade the charges to first-degree murder if the evidence supports it."

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Video taken at the scene showed Floyd being arrested by the officers, with Thao watching as Chauvin, Lane, and Kueng held him down.

Chauvin, who is facing the most serious charges, held his knee on Floyd's neck for almost 9 minutes, more than two minutes of which was after he became unresponsive.

Floyd's death sparked massive protests in Minneapolis, which has spread to scores of cities across the U.S. and around the world.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the Minnesota Department of Human Rights would be investigating the Minneapolis Police Department to determine evidence of systemic racism within.

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