Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck has been charged with second-degree murder.
The three other officers on scene of his killing, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, according to the sources.
Thao was recorded watching as Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck with his knee. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down. Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.
A tweet says; “Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers.
Chauvin was seen on camera as he pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, while Floyd pleaded with him: “I can’t breathe.”
Derek Chauvin had previously been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The new second-degree murder charge says that he killed Floyd “without intent to effect the death of any person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense … namely assault in the third degree,” according to an amended complaint.
Chauvin’s new charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, as opposed to a third degree charge, for 25 years maximum.