UPDATE: Wednesday 12:30 ET
The Minnesota Attorney General has made a decision about additional charges in the killing of George Floyd and is expected to announce that decision Wednesday afternoon.
According to a CNN report citing law enforcement officials, the Attorney General has completed a review of the deadly incident in which Floyd, an unarmed man, died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for 8 minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, has been arrested and is facing manslaughter and murder charges. The Minnesota Attorney General is expected to reveal Wednesday afternoon whether and of the three additional officers at the scene of Floyd’s arrest and death will also face charges.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
A lawyer representing the family of George Floyd claimed authorities told them that the three other Minnesota police officers involved in Floyd’s death will also be criminally charged.
Benjamin Crump told the “Today” show Tuesday that the three other Minneapolis officers who arrested Floyd, 46, will face criminal charges. The three other officers were identified as Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao.
So far, Derek Chauvin, 44, is the only officer who’s been criminally charged in connection with Floyd’s death. Chauvin, who’s charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, was reportedly filmed forcing his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes before he lost consciousness and died.
Crump also claimed that the discrepancies between Hennepin County’s autopsy report and their independent autopsy are “critical.”
The Hennepin County autopsy attributed Floyd’s death to possible intoxicants and heart failure. The independent report stated that Floyd’s death was directly caused by asphyxia due to sustained forceful pressure on his neck and back.
Both reports are in agreeance that Floyd’s death was a homicide. Crump stated that Floyd died at the scene, conflicting reports that he died at the hospital.
All four Minneapolis police officers were fired in connection with the May 25 deadly arrest. Officials have not confirmed or denied claims made by Crump during Tuesday’s television appearance.
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