UPDATE: The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been arrested and faces charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety John Harrington said in a news conference.”The investigation is ongoing,” Freeman said, adding that he anticipated charges against the other three officers involved in the incident.
Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck. It’s clear yet what the expected charges Chauvin could face are.
Answers in the case will likely be provided by Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. He has scheduled a press conference at 1PM concerning a
The incident has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in 2014 in New York after being placed in a police chokehold. He also said the words,
“I can’t breathe”
The phrase has become a rallying cry for protests over police brutality.
On both Tuesday and Wednesday, protests began with peaceful demonstrations near where Floyd was pinned to the ground, but violence later broke out near 3rd Precinct police stations.
Wednesday evening’s protests involved more than 30 fires, destruction of businesses and looting. Protests and reports of looting continued into Thursday.
This morning a CNN news crew was arrested while reporting on the riots.
(via CBS Minnesota)