3rd Degree Murder, Manslaughter Charges Brought in Death of George Floyd
The first arrest of the former Minneapolis Police Officers involved in the George Floyd killing has come.
Officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday afternoon on charges of third degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, who Chauvin killed on Monday.
Floyd, who was arrested on suspicion of check forgery, died after Chauvin held his knee to the man’s neck for nearly eight minutes while Floyd begged for mercy, repeatedly saying “I can’t breathe.” The incident was captured on video.
Chauvin has since been fired, along with the three other officers on scene. The U.S. Department of Justice has announced it will initiate a civil rights investigation into the killing.
Floyd’s death has rightly prompted a lot of anger. That anger, in turn, has manifested itself both in peaceful protests and in rioting. Videos show a Target being looted, an Autozone set on fire, and several local businesses robbed and set ablaze. Rory Purnell rushed to his barber shop on Thursday night to let would-be looters know that it was run by an African American. He was too late, with one of his windows already smashed in.
A Minneapolis police building was also torched, with Mayor Jacob Frey eventually ordering officers to stand down from that precinct. “The symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life,” he said at a press conference.