Watch live: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to address arrest of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin

Chauvin was arrested Friday, according to DPS Commissioner John Harrington.
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Just before noon Friday, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested. 

At 1 p.m., more details about Chauvin's arrest are expected to be announced by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, whose media briefing will be streamed live on the county attorney's Facebook page. You can also watch in the video embed below.

Freeman, on Thursday, called the video of Floyd's arrest "horrific," later saying that "there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge." 

After his quote was reported by media across the state and country, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office quickly backtracked his words, saying they were "misinterpreted" and that he meant to express that "it is critical to review all the evidence." 

Chauvin, a 44-year-old who has been with MPD for 19 years, is the officer who held his knee against Floyd's neck as Floyd gasped for air and complained of pain. Chauvin never moved his position, not even after Floyd lost consciousness and bystanders begged him to relent. 

"I assure you that if the person who had committed the act, and I do not condone or respect the act done by the police officer to Mr. Floyd - that was excessive and it was wrong," Freeman said, noting that it's his job to prove if it was criminal.

Floyd was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m. after his lifeless body was transported by ambulance to the Hennepin Healthcare emergency room. 

Three other now-fired officers involved in Floyd's arrest are:

  • Officer Thomas Lane - joined MPD as a cadet in March 2020
  • Officer Tou Thao – went through academy in '09, laid off, rejoined dept. in 2012.
  • Officer J Alexander Kueng

None of the three have been arrested or charged with any crimes at this point. 

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