All four ex-officers involved in Floyd’s killing to face new charges

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All four ex-officers involved in Floyd's merder to face new charges
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The accused former Minneapolis police officer, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck, now charged with a new and more serious count of second-degree murder on Wednesday. Moreover, the other three officers on the murder scene charged with helping and backing second-degree murder. Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Attorney General, announced the new charges and felt that these developments regarding charges gave justice to Floyd, his family, community, and also the state more precisely.

The Attorney General made the announced seven to eight days after the death of Floyd, a black American under the police custody that sparked countrywide protests. These protests called for the end of the police violence against the black U.S. nationals. Previously, Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, charged with 3rd-degree murder and 2nd-degree manslaughter. According to a revised 2nd-degree complaint said that he killed Floyd without any intention in the course of committing an attack in the 3rd degree.

At first, the authorities didn’t charge J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, who helped confine George Floyd and Tou Thao, who stood near them. Kueng 26, Lane 37, and Thao 34 now have to face charges of aiding and assisting 2nd-degree murder and abetting & aiding 2nd-degree manslaughter.

Bail of Police officers increased to $1 million

Police arrested the former police officer Chauvin, 44, and held him at the Minnesota Department of Corrections facility in Oak Park. Court increased his bail to $1 million on Wednesday. According to county jail records, Thao, Kueng, and Lane took into police custody on Wednesday and held on $1 million bail on them also. Moreover, Tom Plunkett, the attorney of Kueng, stated that his client had asked to present himself to face charges on Wednesday afternoon, and police arrested him within fifteen minutes.

Most probable punishments under above charges

2nd-degree murder and abetting & aiding 2nd-degree murder are punishable by up to forty years in prison. Manslaughter and abetting & aiding manslaughter are punishable by up to ten years in prison. Two postmortems of Floyd’s body determined that he expired due to homicide. Whereas, Medaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis Police Chief, fired the four police officers involved in the murder as he found complicit them in Floyd’s death. Floyd’s family and protestors across America also called for the arrest and conviction for the killing.

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According to the criminal complaint and video, the police officer kept his knee on the victim’s neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. But Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost 120 seconds after Floyd became unresponsive, the complaint reads.

All four ex-officers involved in Floyd's merder to face new charges
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Charges are bittersweet – Floyd’s family

Floyd’s family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump, tweeted that the family of Floyd satisfied with the new charges on police officers. Furthermore, his family reacted with the new charges as bittersweet moment and showed they’re deep gratify that Ellison took decisive action, arresting and charging all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd.

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