Derek Chauvin faces third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

The now former police officer Derek Chauvin who was seen in a video that swept social media platforms by storm kneeling on George Floyd’s neck which later on caused his death has been arrested and charged. This is according to Mike Freeman the Hennepin Couty Attorney.

A criminal complaint, issued Friday, details the following:

A 911 call was placed Monday, reporting a man who made purchases from Cup Foods along Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, reportedly using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Two officers responded, with active body cameras. Those officers learned from store employees that the man who made purchases was parked in a vehicle just around the corner.

Video obtained from the BCA showed the two officers approached the vehicle. Floyd was identified as being in the vehicle’s driver seat, and another man and woman were passengers in the vehicle.

One of the officers pulled his gun and pointed it at Floyd’s open window, directing Floyd to show his hands. Floyd complied and the officer placed his gun back in the holster.

The officer then ordered Floyd out of the vehicle, placed his hands on Floyd and pulled him out of the vehicle. At that point, the officer handcuffed Floyd, which Floyd resisted. The officer asked for Floyd’s name and identification, also asking if Floyd was “on anything” and stated he was arresting Floyd for using counterfeit money.

As the officer walked Floyd to the nearby police vehicle, Floyd stiffened up and told officers he was claustrophobic. Floyd resisted getting into the backseat of the police vehicle and fell to the ground.

At this point, now-former officer Derek Chauvin and a third officer arrived in a separate police vehicle.

While outside the police vehicle, Floyd began repeating he couldn’t breathe. Chauvin attempted to get Floyd into the police vehicle, with another officer’s assistance. When that attempt didn’t work, Floyd fell again to the ground. One officer held Floyd’s back and another held his legs.

Chauvin then placed his left knee on Floyd’s head and neck. Floyd repeated the words “I can’t breathe,” “mama,” and “please.”

As Floyd continued to move back and forth, one officer asked, “Should we roll him on his side?,” to which Chauvin replied, “No, staying where we got him.”

Another officer said, “I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” to which Chauvin replied, “That’s why we have him on his stomach.”

Body-worn camera video show Floyd stopped moving at 8:24 p.m. and stopped speaking a minute later, becoming unresponsive. At that point, an officer checked for Floyd’s pulse and reported not being able to find one.

Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck at 8:27 p.m. and an ambulance called to the scene arrived. Floyd was placed on a gurney and taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed there were no findings of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation. According to the autopsy, Floyd had underlying health conditions, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease, which combined with “any potential intoxicants in his system” likely contributed to his death.

The complaint concludes by stating Chauvin “had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds in total. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Mr. Floyd was non-responsive. Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous.”

In addition to Chauvin, the city of Minneapolis identified three other now-former police officers involved in this incident as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng.

Arresting officer in George Floyd case taken into custody by BCA

Freeman’s response

Freeman said it’s the fastest his department has ever charged a police officer, but said they, “felt it important to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.”

As for the three other officers fired in connection to Floyd’s death, Freeman said, “they are under investigation, I anticipate charges.” However, as of Friday afternoon, they were not in custody.

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When asked if public outrage played a role, Freeman responded, “I’m not insensitive to what is happening in the streets,” but added that evidence led to the charges.

Community leader response

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey released the following statement in regards to the announcement:

“What’s happened in Minneapolis is bigger than any one city and any single event,” said Frey. “For our Black community who have, for centuries, been forced to endure injustice in a world simply unwilling to correct or acknowledge it: I know that whatever hope you feel today is tempered with skepticism and a righteous outrage.

“We are a nation at a crossroad, and today’s decision from the County Attorney is an essential first step on a longer road toward justice and healing our city.”

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Justice For George Floyd: Trump weighs in on case.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him by the neck with his knee for more than eight minutes. The president called his death “very sad and tragic.”

President Donald Trump on Wednesday called the death of George Floyd “very sad and tragic” and said “justice will be served” in the Minnesota man’s case.

Floyd, 46, died Monday night after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him by the neck with his knee for more than eight minutes. Video of the incident shows Floyd pleading “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe,” before he died.

While in Florida for the aborted launch of a SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, Trump was asked by NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell about Floyd’s case and said: “I’m very sad about that. Very, very sad event.”

Asked whether he thought the police officers involved, who have been fired, should be prosecuted, he said: “We’re going to look at it, and we’re going to get a report tomorrow when we get back, and we’re going to get a very full report. But a very sad day.”

In a pair of evening tweets, Trump seemed to try to take credit for the FBI’s involvement in the case and said he has asked for its work to be expedited.
He tweeted “At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd,” he wrote. “I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!

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Handcuffed black man dies after white Minneapolis cop arresting him for forgery knelt on his neck.

Video has emerged showing a white Minneapolis police officer pinning a black man to the ground with his knees, moments before the suspect loses consciousness and dies.

The disturbing footage was taken by a bystander in south Minneapolis on Monday evening and has now sparked an FBI investigation into the man’s death.

The Minneapolis Police Department confirmed the man died in a statement later that night, after the arresting officers responded to a ‘forgery in progress.’

Police found the man, believed to be in his 40s, matching the suspect’s description in his car.

‘He was ordered to step from his car. After he got out, he physically resisted officers,’ police spokesman John Elder said in a statement.

‘Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and noted he appeared to be suffering medical distress.’

The man, who was not identified, was taken by ambulance to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short time later, police said.

Footage of the incident was shared on Facebook by bystander Darnella Frazier, and has drawn comparisons to the case of Eric Garner, a black man who was a killed in 2014 after New York City police officers put him in a lethal chokehold.

Garner, who had been arrested for selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island, was repeatedly heard saying ‘I can’t breathe’ while being held down by cops.

On Monday, the arresting police officer was seen pinning the man to the ground for more than six minutes as he pleaded with officers to release him.

‘Please. Please, I can’t breathe,’ the man, who is shirtless, is heard begging cops.

‘My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts.’

The officer continues to kneel on the man’s neck for several minutes while he moans in pain.

Multiple witnesses are then heard arguing with the two arresting officers over their excessive use of force.

‘Bro, you’ve got him down at least let him breathe, man,’ a male onlooker says.

‘He’s not even resisting arrest … he’s human, bro.’

One of the officers then replies: ‘This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.’

‘This ain’t about drugs, bro! He’s human,’ the bystander says.

‘You’re enjoying it. Look at you. Your body language, you bum. You know that’s bogus right now,’ he adds.

About four minutes into the video, the man appears to begin to lose consciousness before becoming unresponsive.

An ambulance then arrives and police officers move the man’s limp body onto a stretcher.

‘You just really killed that man, bro,’ the male onlooker says.

‘And if he’s not dead, he’s close to death, that’s crazy,’ Frazier adds.

The video, which has been shared more than 15,000 times on Facebook, has sparked outrage among viewers on social media.

‘They killed him right in front of Cup Foods over south on 38th and Chicago!! No type of sympathy. #PoliceBrutality,’ Frazier wrote in a Facebook post.

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Coronavirus: Cummings row raises fears over future of lockdown

The PM’s decision to back his chief aide’s lockdown trip to Durham has sparked fears that the government’s coronavirus message will be undermined.

Some Tory backbenchers have called for Dominic Cummings to resign to ensure public confidence in future measures.

The row comes as plans to further ease lockdown restrictions will be discussed at a cabinet meeting later.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has said Mr Cummings “at no stage broke the law or broke the rules”.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Williamson said that everyone, “whether they are anywhere in the country or working in No 10”, was expected to abide by the law.

“That’s what the prime minister expects, that’s the assurance that he asked for, that is the assurance that he got.”

Criticism of Boris Johnson’s decision to take no action over Mr Cummings’ 260-mile trip to his parents’ home has come from all quarters.

At least 19 Tory MPs are calling for Mr Cummings to resign or be sacked, while others have joined Labour in calling for an inquiry.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned the consequences of Mr Johnson’s decision could be “serious”, and acting Lib Dem leader Sir Ed Davey said it undermined the prime minister’s authority on the coronavirus crisis.

Senior Church of England bishops and scientists advising ministers on the pandemic have also strongly criticised the government’s handling of the row.

Mr Johnson has defended Mr Cummings, saying he believed his senior aide had “no alternative” but to make the journey from London at the end of March for childcare “when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus”.

Durham’s police chief, Steve White, has asked the force to “establish the facts concerning any potential breach of the law” surrounding Mr Cummings’ visit to the county.

The prime minister is this week expected to set out details of plans to ease restrictions, which will reportedly include information about the reopening of some non-essential shops in June.

At Sunday’s daily briefing, the prime minister confirmed the phased reopening of England’s primary schools will begin on 1 June.

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Coronavirus: Dominic Cummings defends 260-mile lockdown trip

The PM’s top aide Dominic Cummings says he did the “right thing” by travelling 260 miles to be near relatives during the coranavirus lockdown – adding that he did not care what it looked like.

Mr Cummings is facing calls to resign over the journey, which he made with his wife who had Covid-19 symptoms.

Downing Street said he wanted to ensure he had childcare if he got symptoms.

But Labour said that was not a satisfactory explanation and many people would be angry at his actions.

Mr Cummings told reporters he “behaved reasonably and legally” when asked about the trip from London to Durham.

Asked whether it looked good, he said: “Who cares about good looks? It’s a question of doing the right thing. It’s not about what you guys think.”

Police said they attended a property in County Durham, after the Guardian and the Daily Mirror newspapers first reported Mr Cummings had been seen near his parents’ home in early April.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Steve White said it had been “most unwise” for Mr Cummings to make the journey, “given the whole ethos” of the government’s guidance.

In a statement, Downing Street said: “Owing to his wife being infected with suspected coronavirus and the high likelihood that he would himself become unwell, it was essential for Dominic Cummings to ensure his young child could be properly cared for.

“His sister and nieces had volunteered to help so he went to a house near to, but separate from, his extended family in case their help was needed. His sister shopped for the family and left everything outside.

“At no stage was he or his family spoken to by the police about this matter, as is being reported.

“His actions were in line with coronavirus guidelines.”

‘Understandable anger’
The Scottish National Party has called for Mr Cummings to quit or be fired – and has written to Sir Mark Sedwill, the head of the civil service, calling for a swift investigation into the incident.

The SNP’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford said: “This is a matter of leadership and judgment for the prime minister who must prevent lasting damage to his government and his own reputation.”

Labour has stopped short of calling for Mr Cummings’ resignation, saying the government had questions to answer at its daily press conference at 16:00 BST.

“The lockdown rules were very clear: if you or anyone in your household was suspected of having Covid-19 you must immediately self-isolate and not leave the house,” said a Labour spokesman.

“However, the prime minister’s chief adviser appears to believe that it is one rule for him and another for the British people.

“This will cause understandable anger for the millions of people who have sacrificed so much during this crisis.”

SOURCE BBC

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