Derek Chauvin, 44, the Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd on Monday, was arrested earlier today and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman on Friday afternoon announced the murder and manslaughter charges against Chauvin, who has already been fired from his position.
Chauvin, as seen on video, pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes although Floyd, who was handcuffed, told him he couldn’t breathe. Bystanders also begged Chauvin and three other officers at the scene to relent to no avail. Floyd grew unresponsive and later died.
The Star-Tribune reports that Chauvin is the first white officer in Minnesota to be criminally prosecuted in the death of a black civilian.
Floyd was put in a squad car after police suspected him of using a fake $20 bill.