BREAKING: Murder Charges Upgraded For Minnesota Cop In George Floyd Death
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According to a new report, the murder charges against Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen kneeling on George Floyd's neck in the now viral video, have been upgraded to 2nd degree murder.
The report also reveals that there are new charges against the three other cops who were at the scene of Floyd's death.
Check out what Fox News reported:
Chauvin will now be charged with second-degree murder, The Star Tribune first reported. The other three officers involved -- Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao – will be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon to announce further details.
Chauvin was arrested Friday on third-degree murder and manslaughter charges. A day after Floyd, who is black, died in police custody on Memorial Day, all four officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department.
Peaceful protests, nighttime rioting and violent clashes with the police ensued for over a week straight in major metropolitan cities across the country in response to Floyd’s death.
In a press conference earlier Wednesday, Floyd’s family demanded that the other three former police officers involved in his death be arrested and charged before the memorial in his honor Thursday.
On Wednesday, attorney for the Floyd family, Ben Crump held a press conference where he spoke out about the death of Floyd.
“We expect all of the police officers to be arrested before we have the memorial here in Minneapolis tomorrow. Because we cannot have two justice systems in America – one for black America, one for white America. We must have equal justice for the United States of America,” Crump said.
Crump continued by speaking out about the independent autopsy conducted by the Floyd family which found that Floyd died because of “mechanical asphyxiation caused by the knee to neck and two knees to his back.”
“Change is going to come in the criminal justice system. I proclaim, with his son as my witness, that change starts today,” Crump said. “We are confident attorney general Keith Ellison is working feverishly to do the right thing to make sure George Floyd’s family achieves justice, holding the officers accountable to the full extent of the law -- each and every one of them.”
“Witness Donna Williams who yesterday was the person in the video saying ‘You all are gonna kill him’ likened it to suffocation like a fish out of water, gasping for air,” Crump continued. “The independent autopsy performed by the family concluded that George Floyd was starving for air. He needed a breath and the ambulance that came here to pick him up from this very spot was the hearse for George Floyd."
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