UPDATE: 2:16 p.m.:
An NBC reporter said on Twitter that Derek Chauvin is facing third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.
BREAKING / NBC News: Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) May 29, 2020
On Friday, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) arrested Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who was filmed Monday kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for several minutes before his death.
Chauvin, 44, and three other officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department for their handling of Floyd’s arrest. WCCO reported that Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced Chauvin’s arrest on Friday. However, it’s not immediately clear what charges he is expected to face in connection with Floyd’s death.
Floyd, 46, died Monday after four Minneapolis police officers arrested him on suspicion of attempting to use counterfeit money at Cup Foods. Officers reportedly pulled Floyd from his car before handcuffing him and forcing him onto the ground.
Video posted to social media reportedly showed officer Derek Chauvin, 44, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes as he repeatedly says he can’t breathe. Floyd is seen losing consciousness before his death.
Minneapolis police have identified the other three officers involved in Floyd’s arrest as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng. All four officers have been fired.
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