Minneapolis police identify 4 officers fired after George Floyd death

All four were fired less than 24 hours after the incident.
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The four officers who were fired after participating in the arrest of 46-year-old black man who died after being detained have been identified by Minneapolis Police Department. 

The officers, who were fired less than 24 hours after the incident, are: 

  • Officer Derek Chauvin - 19-year veteran with MPD. 
  • Officer Thomas Lane - joined MPD as a cadet in March 20
  • Officer Tou Thao – went through academy in '09, laid off, rejoined dept. in 2012, per the Star Tribune.
  • Officer J Alexander Kueng

Floyd was arrested Monday evening at the intersection of 38th St. and Chicago Ave., and while he was unarmed and handcuffed he was held down by police, with Chauvin pressing his knee against Floyd's neck as Floyd repeatedly said he was struggling to breathe. 

Floyd lost consciousness, with Chauvin maintaining his knee on Floyd's neck. Floyd, 46, died that night.

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Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has since called for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office to charge Chauvin. 

"Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?" said Frey. 

"I can say with certainty, based on what I saw, that the officer who had his knee on the neck of George Floyd should be charged," Frey added. 

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