Former policeman Derek Chovin charged with second-degree murder
A laid-off Minneapolis police officer will be charged more seriously with the murder of George Floyd, and three other laid-off police officers will be charged with aiding and abetting the death of an unarmed African American, which triggered a nationwide protest lasting nine days.
George Floyd, 46, died after May 25, when police officer Derek Chovin held his knee to his neck and held the arrested man in this position for almost nine minutes until he lost consciousness.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has charged 44-year-old Chovin with second-degree murder charges, in addition to the third-degree murder charges and unintentional deaths brought against him last week.
A new charge may entail a sentence of imprisonment of up to 40 years, which is 15 years more than the maximum penalty for the murder of the third degree.
According to court materials, Attorney Ellison also indicted three other police officers involved in the incident: Thomas Lane, Jay Alexander Quang, and Tou Tao. They are accused of aiding and abetting arrest and murder.