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Former officer Derek Chauvin charged with murder of George Floyd

He was taken into custody on Friday.
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Mike Freeman

Less than an hour after it was revealed Derek Chauvin was in custody, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the former police officer has been charged with the murder of George Floyd.

Chauvin has been charged with 3rd-degree murder, as well as manslaughter, though Freeman says that further charges may follow subsequently.

The 44-year-old was captured on video kneeling on the neck of Floyd during an arrest at Chicago and 38th in south Minneapolis on Monday evening.

Police had been called to a report of forgery at nearby Cup Foods. As he was taken into custody, Floyd was pinned to the ground by Chauvin and two other officers, while a fourth kept bystanders away.

As he was being held, 46-year-old Floyd could be heard saying "help" and "I can't breathe."

Chauvin was a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department. He was fired on Tuesday along with the three other officers.

The investigation into the other officers continues, with Freeman saying that it was important to focus on "the most dangerous" suspect.

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Freeman says they believe they have the evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.

3rd Degree murder is the same charged levied against former officer Mohamed Noor in the death of Justine Damond in southwest Minneapolis.

Here's its definition under Minnesota law: "Whoever, without intent to effect the death of any person, causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life, is guilty of murder in the third degree and may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years."

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