Derek Chauvin, who had his knee pressed into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter. His colleagues, Thomas Lane and J.A. Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and the fourth officer, Tou Thao, who stood near them, are also charged.
Three of the officers, Thomas Lane, 37, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, were charged on Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, court records show. Mr. Kueng was in custody on Wednesday. The authorities said they were in the process of arresting Mr. Lane and Mr. Thao.
An independent autopsy ordered by George Floyd’s family revealed that he was murdered by Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin after knee on his neck ’caused asphyxia that led to lack of blood flow to the brain.’
According to Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights lawyer and protest organizer in Minneapolis. “It’s about damn time, if not for the outrage that had rocked the country, these officers never would’ve been charged.”
Nekima Armstrong also posted about the ex-officers charge:
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, called it “a bittersweet moment” and “a significant step forward on the road to justice.” Crump said Elison had told the family he would continue his investigation into Floyd’s death and upgrade the charge to first-degree murder if warranted.
The new charges will be officially announced by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
The mugshots of all the officers involved in the death of an African American, George Floyd, have been released.