The murder charge against cop in the George Floyd case has been upgraded, with the other 3 officers charged as well.
Minneapolis – Prosecutors charged three more police officers Wednesday in the death of George Floyd and filed new, a tougher charge against the officer at the centre of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast-to-coast fighting police brutality and racial injustice.
The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck and now must defend himself against an accusation of second-degree murder. Three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
All four were fired last week. If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to four decades in prison.
Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Those charges still stand.
The new second-degree murder charge alleges that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death without intent while committing another felony, namely third-degree assault. It carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, compared with a maximum of 25 years for third-degree murder.
Protesters seem to be getting some positive results as they continue to push for justice for their beloved George Floyd.