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Four former Minneapolis cops now charged in George Floyd's death

Four former Minneapolis cops now charged in George Floyd's death Photo: WDIO-TV

Updated: June 03, 2020 04:46 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis police officer accused of pressing his knee against George Floyd’s neck with second-degree murder, and for the first time are leveling charges against three other officers. Bystander video showing Floyd’s May 25 death has sparked protests nationwide and around the world.

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The officer, Derek Chauvin, was fired May 26 and initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers were also fired but weren’t immediately charged.

Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday charged the other three officers with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd's family and protesters have demanded that all four be charged.

According to court records, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng are each facing charges of unintentional aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's family, also issued a statement following the news: 

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest," Crump said. "This is a source of peace for George's family in this painful time." 

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