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World The death of George Floyd reclassified as murder, the four ex-agents prosecuted

02:45  04 june  2020
02:45  04 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

Death of George Floyd: hundreds of demonstrators in front of the White House

 Death of George Floyd: hundreds of demonstrators in front of the White House © Nicholas Kamm Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the White House, May 29, 2020 Hundreds of people demonstrated Friday evening in front of the White House to express their anger after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, at the hands of the police. His death Monday during a violent arrest rekindled the racial wounds of the United States.

Ex -officer Derek Chauvin now faces second-degree murder , while three others face abetting charges. New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd , a 46-year-old black man, died in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Derek Chauvin, a white officer, pressed his knee to Floyd 's neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was

Le procureur Keith Ellison, en charge de l'affaire sur la mort de George Floyd. Ici à Saint Paul, Minnesota, le 3 juin 2020. © REUTERS / Eric Miller Prosecutor Keith Ellison, in charge of the case on the death of George Floyd. Here in Saint Paul, Minnesota, June 3, 2020.

The prosecutor investigating the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis redefined the facts as intentional homicide. The police officer who asphyxiated the 46-year-old man was charged with "unpremeditated murder" and the three other officers present during the arrest, of complicity.

The death by asphyxiation of George Floyd is now qualified as murder. First charged and manslaughter for manslaughter , former police officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on his neck for eight minutes, causing his death, is now charged with "unpremeditated murder". He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Truck driver arrested after appearing to drive into protesters

  Truck driver arrested after appearing to drive into protesters Footage shows a tanker truck approaching at a high speed as George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis try to frantically get out of the way.Footage shows a tanker truck approaching the throng of protesters at a high speed, as protesters frantically try to avoid being hit. The truck slowly stops and is then surrounded by protesters who pull open both the driver and passenger doors. The State Police said there was no immediate word of injuries.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have escalated over the past week. Presidential candidate Joe Biden criticised Mr Trump on Tuesday for "serving the passions of his base". "We're not going to allow any president to quiet our voice," the Democrat said, referencing the US constitution which

The FBI and local prosecutors say they need more evidence before they can file charges against officers involved in the death of George Floyd in The special agent in charge of the Minnesota FBI field office, Rainer Drolshagen, also called on anyone present “before, during and after” Floyd ’s death

In addition to toughening up his prosecutions, the prosecutor Keith Ellison, representing the authorities of the state of Minnesota, raised the ex-officer's release bail to one million dollars. The other police officers who accompanied him during the arrest, who have also been dismissed from the police since, are accused of complicity. Tou Thao, Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are criticized for helping to tackle George Floyd, who was handcuffed, and for remaining passive while Derek Chauvin applied fatal pressure to the victim's neck with his knee.

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The family of the victim, who died on May 25, welcomed the worsening of these prosecutions, in a press release sent by his lawyer, Ben Crump. "It is an important step on the road to justice," she commented, nine days after the blur recorded on a video that shocked American society and beyond the borders of the country. "We are grateful for this important development before the body of George Floyd is buried," added the family, referring to the victim's funeral planned for next week.

The lawyer Ben Crump asked the prosecutor Ellison, who was entrusted with this explosive file only Sunday, to go even further in his proceedings by considering that the homicide of George Floyd was premeditated. His death, at the age of 46, generated a historic protest movement in the United States, hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets day after day to denounce racism and police brutality.

(With AFP)

Cop involved in Floyd's death released from jail on bail .
Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from prison on bail.Lane, 37, who had been held on $750,000 (AU $1m) conditional bail, was freed from the Hennepin County jail at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday, according to jail records.

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