Amid mass protests in the US against police violence against African Americans, the Minneapolis policemen, who were present or involved in the death of African American George Floyd, are facing new charges, British public broadcaster BBC reports.
On May 25 in Minneapolis George Floyd, 46, was stopped by police investigating the purchase of cigarettes with counterfeit money. A video showed Floyd being arrested and a white police officer kneeling on his neck for several minutes even after he pleaded that he could not breathe.
Announcing the new charges, Minnesota’s Attorney General Keith Ellison stated that they were in the interests of justice. Derek Chauvin had initially faced charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and they have been elevated to second-degree murder. The other three laid off officers are Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao.
All three all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd family lawyer Benjamin Crump reacted in a statement said,“This is a significant step forward on the road to justice and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest.”