'They all need to be held accountable': Activists call for all 4 officers to be arrested in George Floyd's death

Floyd's family calls former officer Derek Chauvin's arrest an "overdue step."
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The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is an "overdue step on the road to justice," George Floyd's family and the family's attorney said in a statement Friday afternoon. 

Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd on Friday. The three other officers who were at the scene when Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes have not been arrested or charged. 

"We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested," the Floyd family's statement said. "We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer. The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America."

A similar sentiment was echoed at a news conference and justice rally hosted by Pillsbury United Communities on Friday that featured former NBA player Stephen Jackson, actor Jamie Foxx, National Women's March leader Tamika Mallory and local activist and attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong. 

Levy Armstrong, who found out Chauvin had been arrested during the news conference, said taking one officer into custody is not good enough and they're not satisfied because all four officers were complicit in Floyd's death, "They all need to be held accountable." 

"I'm going to use everything I have to get a conviction, to get all these [expletive] in jail – excuse my French, I'm angry ..." Jackson, a friend of Floyd's, said. "We came for justice, we came for convictions, I definitely came because this city's definitely going to take care of my brother's kids – he has two beautiful daughters that he can't provide for."

Jackson added, "I don't have any more tears, honestly. I've cried enough. I've cried enough. I'm here for one reason, my brother's honor. He was murdered in broad daylight for the world to see and nobody's in jail."

Floyd family and attorney's full statement

Here is the full statement the Floyd family and their attorney, Ben Crump, released after charges were filed Friday: 

"The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice. We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested. We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer. The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America. 

While this is a right and necessary step, we need the City of Minneapolis – and cities across the country – to fix the policies and training deficiencies that permitted this unlawful killing – and so many others – to occur.  

For four officers to inflict this kind of unnecessary, lethal force – or watch it happen – despite outcry from witnesses who were recording the violence -- demonstrates a breakdown in training and policy by the City. We fully expect to see the other officers who did nothing to protect the life of George Floyd to be arrested and charged soon.

Today, George Floyd’s family is having to explain to his children why their father was executed by police on video. It’s essential that the City closely examines and changes its policing policies and training procedures to correct for the lack of proper field supervision; the use of appropriate, non-lethal restraint techniques; the ability to recognize medical signs associated with the restriction of airflow, and the legal duty to seek emergency medical care and stop a civil rights violation."

"We don't condone violence. We don't condone looting. We don't condone rioting. We don't condone burning down buildings," she said, noting they demand the officers involved be charged immediately.

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