The 3 other cops have been arrested
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging the three other officers involved in the George Floyd killing, and Derek Chauvin will now face a second degree murder charge, Senator Amy Klobuchar confirmed on Wednesday.
Footage of Chauvin pressing his knee onto Floyd's neck - despite the prone man saying he couldn't breathe - went viral and drew widespread condemnation. The officer was fired over the incident and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Protesters across the nation have demanded the three other officers at the scene — which originated as a response to a suspected forgery — be held accountable as well.
"This is another important step for justice," the senator tweeted.
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.
The three other officers - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane - will be charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder, according to the Star Tribune. Ellison is expected to make an official announcement on Wednesday afternoon.
While the three officers facing charges will likely be celebrated, some legal experts have called into question the wisdom of charging Chauvin with second degree murder, as it could be harder to prove and present more of an opportunity for him to go free.
"There's no way they will be able to prove 2nd degree murder beyond a reasonable doubt," lawyer and Human Events editor-in-chief Will Chamberlain tweeted. "Charging that is a recipe for disappointment and future protests."