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Three other officers who were present at the scene of George Floyd’s death have been charged

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The former Minneapolis Police officer who held his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been charged with second-degree murder and the three other officers on the scene during the incident have been charged with aiding and abetting, according to court documents and CNN. The official announcement of the charges by Minnesita Attorney General Keith Ellison came more than a week after Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis. His death has sparked protests nationwide that call for the end to police violence against black Americans. ~

The ex-officer who had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, Derek Chauvin, had previously been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The new charge of second-degree murder says that he killed Floyd “without intent to effect the death of any person, while committing or attempting to commit a felony offense… namely assault in the third degree,” according to an amended complaint. Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison. ~

The other officers who were on the scene included Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the scene. Although not originally charged, they are now charged with and aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Two autopsies on Floyd determined that he died by homicide. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo fired the four officers and said they were “complicit” in Floyd’s death. Floyd’s family and protesters nationwide have called for them to be arrested and convicted for the killing. ~

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