Prosecutors have reached a decision on whether to move forward with charges against the other three officers who were present when George Floyd was killed while in police custody.
Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes, killing him.
Two of the officers assisted in holding Floyd down. None attempted to stop the situation, even when Floyd was fully restrained and handcuffed.
It is being announced today that the three officers are being charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Additionally, it has been announced that the charges against Derek Chauvin have been upgraded from third degree murder to second degree murder.
George Floyd was killed while handcuffed in police custody on May 25th in Minneapolis. Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who can be seen in videos with his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree murder. The other three officers who were involved in the arrest have not yet been charged.
The killing has sparked widespread, nationwide protests, which in many instances have, at times, turned into rioting, looting, and property destruction. Hundreds of people have been arrested and injured. One federal law enforcement officer has been killed along with several civilians and numerous injuries among officers and protesters.
The National Guard has been deployed in several states in an effort to keep the peace.
Many state and local leaders have accused outside provocateurs of hijacking protests and turning them violent for their own reasons. Among the groups accused of doing this are ANTIFA, alt-right groups, and white supremacy groups.