Minnesota police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck arrested

The Guardian – By Joan E. Greve – May 29, 2020

Chauvin has been charged with murder, prosecutor says

The Hennepin county attorney said Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

“There may be subsequent charges later,” Mike Freeman told reporters at a press conference. He said a detailed complaint would be made available this afternoon.

When asked why the other three fired police officers had not yet been arrested, Freeman said, “We felt it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.” He later said he anticipated charges to be filed against them, but he did not get into details.

Freeman noted Chauvin was arrested less than four days after George Floyd’s death. “That’s extroadinary,” said Freeman, who has been criticized for not arresting Chauvin more quickly. “We have never charged a case in that kind of time frame.”

Freeman emphasized he and his team would not have moved ahead with the case if they were not confident they had evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer was guilty. “As of right now, we have that,” Freeman said.

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