Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd's death
05/29/2020 10:37 am PDT
UPDATE June 1, 2020:
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will take the lead in the prosecution of the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died last week in police custody, the Star Tribune reports.
Gov. Tim Walz said Sunday that he concluded Ellison needed to take over the case from the Hennepin County Attorney's Office at the urging of Floyd's family, community activists, and some members of the Minneapolis City Council seeking a vigorous prosecution of the officer, 44-year-old Derek Chauvin.
Ellison said Friday that he had “every expectation” authorities would press charges against all four officers involved in Floyd's arrest. But after officially taking over the Floyd case Sunday, he said he could not talk about possibility of other charges.
MORE: Minnesota AG Keith Ellison to take over case in Floyd killing - Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2020:
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested days after George Floyd's fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation.
Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced at a 2 p.m. CT news conference.
On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin has been taken into custody in connection with the May 25 death. Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Harrington only mentioned that one officer had been arrested; no word yet on the other three Minneapolis police officers who have been fired, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
CNN: Read the Hennepin County criminal complaint against Derek Chauvin
Minneapolis Police said that on Monday at 8 p.m. officers were called to the intersection of Chicago Avenue and East 38th Street on a report of someone trying to use a forged document at Cup Foods. Police initially said George Floyd was resisting arrest and had a medical incident. However, video obtained by CBS News shows Floyd cooperating with officers, at least in the initial moments of the encounter. A bystander's video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer -- identified as Chauvin -- knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive.
Floyd's death is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney's Office, FBI in Minneapolis and the Department of Justice Civil Rights division.
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