Derek Chauvin Charged With Murder In George Floyd’s Death

Per Marielle Mohs of WCCO:

Former @MinneapolisPD officer was charged with 3rd degree murder charge and manslaughter. DA Mike Freeman says this is the fastest they’ve ever charged a police officer. Freeman says Police prosecution for murder usually takes 9months to a year.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman made the announcement.

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CBS Minnesota reports fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested four days after George Floyd’s fatal arrest that sparked protests, rioting and outcry across the city and nation, and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he has been charged with murder and manslaughter, with the charges scheduled to be released shortly.

On Friday, John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, announced that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who said that Chauvin was taken into custody in Minneapolis. There was some speculation that he had gone to a home in Florida.

“We have now been able to put together the evidence that we need. Even as late as yesterday afternoon, we did not have all that we needed,” Freeman said, before saying that he was unable to speak to specific pieces of evidence and which one specifically was needed to file charges.

“This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer,” Freeman said.

Freeman says the other officers involved are under investigation and he “anticipates charges.”

“But I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “Today, we’re talking about former officer Chauvin.”

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Chauvin is the former officer in the video seen around the world with his knee on Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes. He’d been with Minneapolis police for 19 years.