Former Minneapolis police offer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck as he repeatedly stated he could not breathe was arrested Friday, May 29, and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Chauvin was fired, along with three other police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd on Tuesday,
“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman stated.
The autopsy report is still pending; however, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner did release the following: there were no physical findings that support traumatic asphyxia or strangulation, and George Floyd did have underlying health problems, including coronary artery disease and hypertensive heart disease. “The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death,” the complaint reads.
Chauvin, who had over a dozen complaints filed against him in his 19-year career, kneeled on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. For two minutes and 53 seconds of that time, Floyd was unresponsive.
If convicted, Chauvin could face up to 25 years in prison on the murder charge and up to 10 years in prison on the manslaughter charge, if convicted. No court date has been set.
More charges are expected to come, potentially against some of the other three officers involved.