Less than a week after the arrest of Derek Chauvin, the former officer who caused the death of unarmed Minneapolis Black man George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes (as we reported here), the remaining 3 ex-officers involved with the crime have officially been charged.
As seen in the video above, there were multiple officers leaning on Floyd at the time of his death.
Per the announcement (as revealed by the family attorney Benjamin Crump‘s official Twitter), the three other ex-officers – Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng – have been arrested with official charges to be announced Wednesday afternoon.
FAMILY’S REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd‘s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge pic.twitter.com/jTfXFHpsYl
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) June 3, 2020
The report comes after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz announced he asked Attorney General Keith Ellison to assist Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman in the case.
Less than a week after the arrest of Derek Chauvin – the former officer directly responsible for the death of Floyd – saw his third-degree murder charge was upgraded to second-degree murder.
Likewise, the three other officers who were fired alongside him (Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng), went from uncharged to charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
The announcement was made Wednesday afternoon (June 3) by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison [source].