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Other 3 Police Officers Involved In George Floyd's Death Will Be Charged

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By Clark Sparky

Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to announce more criminal charges in the killing of George Floyd by police officers last week. So far, former officer Derek Chauvin is the only person who has been charged in the incident, while the three other officers who were there had avoided any possible punishment.

Ellison will reportedly increase the third degree murder charges against Chauvin to second degree and will charge the other three officers with aiding and abetting murder.

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Benjamin Crump, one of the Floyd family's attorneys, released a statement about the new charges before they were officially announced.

"This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd," the statement read. "We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd's death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder."

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The three new former officers being charged are Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane. In a video recorded by a bystander, Chauvin is the one seen with his knee in the back of Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while he continually said he couldn't breathe.

Thao is seen in the video standing off the side doing nothing; Kueng and Lane both helped to get Floyd to the ground and did nothing to stop Chauvin from suffocating him.

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest," the family's and Crump's statement continued. "That is a source of peace for George's family in this painful time."

It added, "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."

The statement also called on Ellison to increase the charges against Chauvin to first degree murder which carries a life sentence if convicted. However, that charge requires evidence that the murder was pre-planned.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted about the news, calling it "another important step for justice."

Protests have raged around the country for the last eight days and nights since the video of Floyd's death went viral on May 25th. In his hometown of Houston, there was a gathering of over 60,000 peaceful protestors on Tuesday. Next week, there will be a public memorial there for people to mourn his death.

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