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Arresting officer in George Floyd case charged with murder

Arresting officer in George Floyd case charged with murder

Updated: May 29, 2020 02:51 PM

The former Minneapolis police officer seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck before his death has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

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Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges against Derek Chauvin on Friday afternoon. Chauvin was taken into custody by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension earlier in the day.

Freeman said the investigation into possible charges against three other officers who were at the scene is ongoing.  He said he anticipated charges against the other officers but said he wouldn't speculate.

"We felt it important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator," Freeman said.

Freeman had said at a news conference Thursday afternoon that they were still investigating and said Friday, "We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need."  After facing criticism for not charging Chauvin earlier, Freeman called the speed of the charges "extraordinary," saying his office has never charged an officer this quickly.

Floyd was pronounced dead Monday night after he was taken into custody by police in south Minneapolis. A video that was circulated online shows Chauvin  holding his knee on the back of Floyd's neck for several minutes.

Chauvin and the other three officers have been fired in connection to the incident.

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