Three ex-officers charged with aiding, abetting the killing of George Floyd

They join Derek Chauvin in being charged over the 46-year-old's death.
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The three other former police officers involved along with Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd have each been charged with aiding and abetting his killing.

Tou Thao, 34, of Coon Rapids; J. Alexander Kueng, 26, of Plymouth; and Thomas Lake, 37, of St. Paul, have each been charged with aiding and abetting 2nd-degree murder and aiding and abetting 2nd-degree manslaughter in the May 25 killing of the 46-year-old Floyd.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says that the trio are in the process of being taken into custody.

It comes on the same day that Chauvin, whose knee was on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes during the incident, saw his murder charges elevated from 3rd-degree to 2nd-degree by Attorney General Keith Ellison. He remains charged with 3rd-degree murder too.

Per the charging documents, the maximum sentence for aiding and abetting 2nd-degree murder is 40 years imprisonment, while for aiding and abetting 2nd-degree manslaughter it is 10 years.

The criminal complaint states that Chauvin continued to hold his knee against Floyd's neck even after he was unresponsive, and even after Kueng couldn't find a pulse on him.

Lane and Kueng were spotted on video holding Floyd down by the lower half of his body while Chauvin was on his neck, while Thao kept bystanders away from the scene of the arrest.

The only concern raised during the arrest came from Lane, who asked Chauvin "should we roll him on his side?"

When Chauvin said no, Lane said: "I am worried about excited delirium or whatever."

The officers had been called to the scene on report that Floyd had used a counterfeit bill at Cup Foods at 38th and Chicago.

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During the course of the video obtained by an eyewitness, Floyd could be heard saying "I can't breathe," "Mama," "Please," and at one point, "I'm about to die."

One of the officers said, "You are talking fine," by Floyd's defense team say that just because someone can talk, it doesn't mean they can take a breath.

Another point of note about the four officers charged is that they are all from outside of Minneapolis, which follows historic concerns raised that the vast majority of the officers who work in the city's police force don't live in the communities they serve.

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