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DPS commissioner calls George Floyd death a murder: 'That's what it looked like to me'

It's the first time anyone from law enforcement has called it a murder.

Update: Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Read more about the criminal complaint here

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The death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police has been called a murder by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. 

"The vast majority of the great people of Minnesota and the great people of Minneapolis who are still having their guts ripped out by the Floyd murder – and we'll call it a murder – that's what it looked like to me," said John Harrington. 

"I don't want to prejudice this from a criminal perspective. I'm just calling it what I see at that point," the commissioner added while speaking about the state's response to protesting that has led to riots in the wake of Floyd's death. 

It's the first time anyone from local law enforcement has publicly called Floyd's death a murder. It also comes on the heels of leaders from both the New York Police Department and Los Angeles Police Union condemning the police tactics used on Floyd. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said Thursday that the officer Chauvin's actions were “deeply disturbing.”

The four police officers involved in the arrest of Floyd at the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave. were fired less than 24 hours after the deadly encounter, which saw Floyd tell police that he couldn't breathe only to lose consciousness as now-former officer Derek Chauvin held his knee against Floyd's neck. 

Chauvin was arrested Friday, with more information about his detention expected to be announced at a 1 p.m. press conference by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. 

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