Derek Chauvin, one of four former officers fired for their involvement in the death of George Floyd, has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced in an afternoon press conference that Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 11:44 a.m. Friday.
The combined effect of George Floyd being restrained by the police, along with his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system, “likely contributed to his death,” according to the charging documents of former officer Chauvin.
According to CNN, “Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in total, and 2 minutes and 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive, the complaint said.”
Freeman said he anticipated more charges to come, possibly against some of the other three officers.
Chavin’s arrest has done little to quell the rage of George Floyd’s family and angry protestors.
Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd, told Good Morning America earlier this week that firing the officers involved in her brother’s death “is just not enough.”
Meanwhile, protests and riots are ongoing in several cities around the nation, including Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., Memphis, Tenn., Louisville, Ky., Denver, Colo., Los Angeles Calif., and Columbus, Ohio.
The Statehouse in Columbus came under attack Friday morning, with rioters breaking windows and some entering the building.
Indy Politics’s Abdul Hakim-Shabazz joined the Hammer and Nigel show Friday afternoon to discuss the violence and looting that’s taken place throughout the week.
“I get charging the officers involved, I get the anger and the protests, but I don’t get burning down your own neighborhood,” Hakim-Shabazz told WIBC’s Jason Hammer. “It makes no sense to me.”
He continued: “People have a right to be angry and upset. They have a right to protest, but tearing down your own neighborhood? How does that solve anything?”
Some of the protestors involved in the Minnesota riots have justified their actions by stating that the looted and burned businesses carry insurance.
“That excuse is the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard,” said Hakim-Shabazz. “And how the hell do you know they have insurance? Again, protesting I get, but there is no justification for violence and looting.”
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