The State Attorney General is also reportedly expected to upgrade Derek Chauvin’s charges to second-degree murder. Senator Klobuchar says this is an “important step for justice.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 3, 2020
Chauvin was originally charged with 3rd degree murder and manslaughter. John Harrington, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed,” Freeman said. “This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer.”
Chauvin is the former officer seen in the viral video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, as Floyd pleads that he can’t breathe.