Derek Chauvin who pressed his knee on George Floyd for over eight minutes causing Floyd to lose his life now faces upgraded charges, while the other three officers involved have been charged.
It was announced Wednesday afternoon (June 3) Derek Chauvin who was previously facing third-degree murder charges, is now hit with a second-degree murder charge.
Attorney general Keith Ellison thanked the American people for their “patience” in recent days as his office sorted through the additional charges.
Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
George Floyd’s family attorney Benjamin Crump took to Twitter to express the family’s reaction to the latest charges. “FAMILY REACTION: This is a bittersweet moment. We are deeply gratified that (Ellison) took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd’s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder.”
No word yet how this will affect the protests, as the country is still outraged with the behavior exhibited by some of the police officers during the protests.