🚨 POLL: Is Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin Guilty Of 3rd Degree Murder?
Derek Chauvin, the police officer who was involved in George Floyd’s fatal arrest has been arrested as of May 29, according to CBS Minnesota Local News.
The commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, John Harrington, announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
On Friday, prosecutors announced that Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
“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.
He noted that he was unable to speak on a specific piece of evidence and which was specifically needed to file charges against Chauvin.
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Chauvin is the police officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck.
It was not immediately clear what the expected charges Chauvin could face are, though, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freemann scheduled a press conference at 1 p.m. concerning a “major development” in the case.
Police initially said Floyd was resisting arrest and had a medical incident. However, video obtained by CBS News shows Floyd cooperating with officers, at least in the initial moments of the encounter.
BREAKING – MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of #GeorgeFloyd.
I am at a news conference in Minneapolis City Hall with black leaders in Minnesota and friends of George Floyd. They found out the news in the moment and this is their response. #WCCO pic.twitter.com/JNOE2zm1IG
— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) May 29, 2020
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On both Tuesday and Wednesday, protests began with peaceful demonstrations near where Floyd was pinned to the ground, but violence later broke out near the 3rd Precinct police station. Wednesday evening’s protests involved more than 30 fires, destruction of businesses and looting.
Unrest was more widespread Thursday night, with destruction spreading to St. Paul, where more than 170 businesses were damaged. In Minneapolis, rioters burned the 3rd Precinct police station.
Earlier Friday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said the looting and arson must come to an end so that state can address the problems that led to Floyd’s death.
“We cannot have the looting and recklessness that went on,” he said. “It’s time for us to clean our streets.”
At that same press conference, Harrington, the commissioner of public safety, called Floyd’s death a murder.
“That’s what it looked like to me,” he said. “I’ll call it as I see it.”
Floyd’s death is being investigated by the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI in Minneapolis and the Department of Justice Civil Rights division.