A major development in the case of George Floyd‘s murder — charges against the cop who killed him are being upgraded, and the other cops on hand will be charged.
Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin — who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, killing him — will face a charge of second-degree murder, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. He had been charged with third-degree murder.
And the three other cops on the scene — Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane — will also face charges of aiding and abetting a second-degree murder.
The move comes just days after state Attorney General Keith Ellison took over the case.
- This might help calm things down a bit.
- But bear in mind: Even though George Floyd’s death spurred all these protests, the issue is much bigger than this one incident.
- Why not go for first-degree? The two had a history — it certainly could have been pre-meditated.
- It’s about time these other guys face the music, too.