Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is arrested and has been charged with 3rd-degree murder.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd’s neck on Monday. after he was rushed to the hospital, he lost his life.
the footage captured a total of four officers assaulting George Floyd, but the other three were not directly involved they rather stood and watch the incident occur. they have been fired and are still under investigation.
For Derek Chauvin, he was taken into custody on Friday and faces charges of 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.
What is 3rd-degree murder?
Most states separate murder into two degrees but Minnesota is one of a few states that allow prosecutors to consider the lesser charge of third-degree murder. Under Minnesota law, third-degree murder is defined as causing the death of a person “by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind,” without regard for life and without intent to kill. The offense carries a sentence of no more than 25 years or a fine of no more than $40,000, or both.
Attorney Mike Freeman said he expected more charges to come, possibly against some of the other three officers.
“The investigation is ongoing, We felt it was appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator. This case has moved with extraordinary speed,” said Freeman.
Freeman concluded enough evidence had been gathered on the Friday after a day earlier he had said the case still needed more investigation.
“All of that has come together and we felt, in our professional judgment, it was time to charge,” Freeman told reporters during a news conference.