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US News George Floyd death: All four officers now face charges

20:37  04 june  2020
20:37  04 june  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

United States: four police officers dismissed after the death of a black man during his arrest

 United States: four police officers dismissed after the death of a black man during his arrest For about ten minutes George Floyd had been tackled to the ground when he complained of not being able to breathe. A new drama involving the police in the death of a black man shakes the United States. Four Minneapolis agents were sacked Tuesday after the case in which the victim's family, George Floyd, denounced "excessive and inhuman" use of force and accused the police of racism. The scene was filmed on Monday evening by a passerby on her live Facebook.

(Clockwise from top left) J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin © Sky News (Clockwise from top left) J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin Three police officers present when their colleague knelt on George Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes are to face charges.

Prosecutors have also upgraded the charges against the main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder.

He had initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over Mr Floyd's death, which has triggered protests across the US and around the world.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said: "I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder."

Death of George Floyd: the police officer who tackled him on the ground was arrested

 Death of George Floyd: the police officer who tackled him on the ground was arrested © Copyright 2020, L'Obs He had been fired from the police. He is now arrested. Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis policeman who kept his knee on George Floyd's neck, was arrested on Friday, May 29, reports the New York Times website, which quotes Minnesota authorities. His arrest is linked to the death of this black man following his muscular arrest. A drama that sparked anger in this city, and across the country.

a group of people holding a sign: Protests have taken place across the US following Mr Floyd's death, including this demonstration in Atlanta © Getty Protests have taken place across the US following Mr Floyd's death, including this demonstration in Atlanta All four Minneapolis officers had been fired after Mr Floyd's death on 25 May, but the three were not immediately charged.

Related: Protesters demand justice for George Floyd (Photos)

Mr Ellison said Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao will stand accused of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

Angela Merkel denounces the racist “murder” of the African-American George Floyd

 Angela Merkel denounces the racist “murder” of the African-American George Floyd © John MACDOUGALL / AFP / POOL German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during an interview in Berlin, June 4, 2020. German Chancellor Angela Merkel denounced Thursday the "murder" of the African-American George Floyd by police officers and the "racism" which, according to her, strikes a "very polarized American society". “This murder of George Floyd is a terrible thing. Racism is a terrible thing. American society is very polarized, "lamented the Chancellor on the public channel ZDF.

"I strongly believe that these developments are in the interests of justice for Mr Floyd, his family, our community and our state," he added.

a man looking at the camera: Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter © PA Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter He went on to thank people for their patience with prosecutors to date and appealed for further patience as the cases progress.

Lawyer Ben Crump tweeted that the Floyd family was "deeply gratified" by Mr Ellison's action and called it "a source of peace for George's family in this difficult time".

The criminal complaint against Chauvin said: "Officer Chauvin's restraint of Mr Floyd in this manner for a prolonged period was a substantial causal factor in Mr Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr Floyd's death as well."

Stephen Jackson wearing glasses and standing in front of a brick building: George Floyd. Pic: Shutterstock © Rex Features George Floyd. Pic: Shutterstock

Some of the disorder seen in the days since Mr Floyd's death dissipated on Tuesday night, with no major reports of violence as demonstrations continued around the US.

Related: Protests over George Floyd's death spread around the world (Photos)

Curfews and efforts by protesters to contain any clashes were credited with preventing more widespread damage to businesses in New York and other cities overnight.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio said: "Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this difficult period we've had the last few days and moving to a better time."

The city's police said they arrested about 280 people on protest-related charges on Tuesday night, compared with 700 a day earlier.

Bail for ex-police officers set at $ 1 million in Floyd case .
© Handout In the case of the killed African American George Floyd, the bail for ex-police officer Derek Chauvin has been set at $ 1 million. The 44-year-old was brought into a courtroom in Minneapolis via video conference. In the case of the black George Floyd killed, the bail for ex-policeman Derek Chauvin, who is the main suspect, has been set at $ 1 million. The detained 44-year-old was first video-connected to a courtroom in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Monday.

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