Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
Freeman said this moved with extraordinary speed, that the investigation is continuing into other three officers, Freeman says. He said they have never charged a case this quickly before.
There was no more information on charging, because that’s in the jurisdiction of the Hennepin County Attorney, Harrington said.
Chauvin is the officer shown kneeling for several minutes on the neck of George Floyd, who begged for relief, saying repeatedly, “Please. I can’t breathe,” as onlookers taped the incident and attempted pointed out his distress.
Floyd later died at HCMC.
Earlier, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said he just received information that the officer identified as Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has been taken into custody by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
I can perhaps understand why they wanted to take a little time to file charges — an acquittal would be disastrous. But what is completely inexplicable is why he wasn’t at least arrested no latter than yesterday, which almost certainly would have prevented most of last night’s rioting.
Personal to the media: don’t do this
President Trump says nothing about Minnesota as the nation is on edge and leaves the Rose Garden without taking questions.— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) May 29, 2020