A prosecutor in Minnesota has charged the police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the restraint death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin was fired Tuesday, along with three other officers involved in the arrest and may face more charges, according to the Hennepin county attorney.
In the video which is circulating on social media, Floyd is the handcuffed black man who cried “I can’t breathe”. Floyd can be seen gradually becoming motionless as Chauvin and three other officers ignored bystanders’ shouts to get off him in the video. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a Minneapolis hospital. Several videos of violent protest in Minneapolis and around the country has also emerged on social media.
On Friday May 29th2020, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that he may yet bring more charges against the officer, Derek Chauvin.
The charges came after citizens in Minneapolis protested angrily looting and the burning of a police precinct station on Thursday even after the governor called out the National Guard.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday acknowledged the “abject failure” of the response to this week’s violent protests and called for swift justice for police involved in Floyd’s death.
Walz said the state would take over the response and that it’s time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering. “Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard,” Walz said, adding. “Now generations of pain are manifesting itself in front of the world and the world is watching.”
President Donald Trump threatened to bring Minneapolis under control also calling the protesters thugs and tweeting that “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet drew another warning from Twitter, which said the comment violated the platform’s rules, but the company did not remove it.
The Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey made his first public appearance of the night early Friday at City Hall and took responsibility for evacuating the precinct, saying it had become too dangerous for officers. A reporter cut across loudly with the question, “What’s the plan here?” to frustrated Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey.
“With regard to?” Frey responded. Then he added: “There is a lot of pain and anger right now in our city. I understand that. What we have seen over the past several hours and past couple of nights here in terms of looting is unacceptable.”
He defended the city’s lack of engagement with looters — only a handful of arrests across the first two nights of violence — and said, “We are doing absolutely everything that we can to keep the peace.” He said National Guard members were stationed in locations to help stem looting, including at banks, grocery stores and pharmacies.