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  • Updated: June 04, 2020

All Four Police Officers Involved In Geroge Floyd's Murder Charged

All Four Police Officers Involved In Geroge Floyd's Murder C

The three officers present during the arrest of George Floyd who died of suffocation after nine minutes of enduring pressure on his neck under the knee of a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, have been charged for their culpability.

Derek Chauvin, the primary officer whose knee choked the air out of Floyd received stiffer charges.

Prosecutors in Minnesota have charged Derek with a third-degree murder charge, with more charges akin to manslaughter to second-degree murder added to his prior charges.

Minnesota's Attorney General, Keith Ellison said, “I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder.

“We’re here today because George Floyd is not here. He should be here. He should be alive. But he’s not.”

The three other officers involved in the arrest of Floyd are Thomas Lane, 37, Tou Thao, 34, and J. Alexander Kueng, 26, all charged with aiding second-degree murder.

These arrests have followed the demands of the protesters who seek justice for Floyd's death and the brutality meted out on people of color in the States by officers of the police force.

READ ALSO: US Protests: Trump Threatens To Deploy Soldiers To Streets

Speaking on the impunity police officers act with, Floyd's family said, “These officers knew they could act with impunity, given the Minneapolis Police Department’s widespread and prolonged pattern and practice of violating people’s constitutional rights."

Adding that, “We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support by Americans in cities across the country, and we urge them to raise their voices for change in peaceful ways.”

Trump's Stance

Although Trump condemned the killing of Floyd, he said that the actions of the protesters would not be condoned describing the lot of them as "bad people" and saying that to quell the violence that has tinged the protest over the past few days, “you have to have dominant force.”

He added, “We need law and order."

Trump's decision to deploy the National Guard to the streets to quell the riots was denounced by the Defense Secretary Mark Esper, who said that the deployment of the "active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort."

Esper said, “The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort and only in the most urgent and dire of situations.

“We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act.”

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