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Minneapolis Police Officer Devin Chavin has been Charged for Murder in the Death of George Floyd

Darnella Frazier

Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, was arrested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

  • Trump said he had spoken with the family of George Floyd.

  • The FBI launched an investigation into the death of George Floyd for possible civil rights violations, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has imposed a 8:00 p.m curfew citywide.

Why it's important:

The incident occurred on May 25th, Memorial Day, and former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was charged for the murder in the 3rd-degree of George Floyd four days later.

  • Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said the delay in charging Chauvin was a need to collect the state's evidence and said that Cauvin's arrest was "by far the fastest" his office had charged a police officer.

In the complaint:

  • In the complaint filed against former MPLS officer Dereck Chauvin, it states "The defendant pulled Mr. Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19:38 p.m. and Mr. Floyd went to the ground face down and still handcuffed. Kueng held Mr. Floyd’s back and Lane held his legs. The defendant placed his left knee in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck. Mr. Floyd said, “I can’t breathe” multiple times and repeatedly said, “Mama” and “please,” as well. The defendant and the other two officers stayed in their positions".

  • Floyd's autopsy revealed "no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation and that Floyd had "underlying health conditions including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death".

Read the Complaint:

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