MINNEAPOLIS – The Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck, a technique not endorsed by the department nor taught in training, has been arrested and charged with murder, city officials just hours ago reported, Friday May 29th.
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington has just confirmed that Derek Chauvin, one of the four police officers fired after the incident that ended with Floyd dead, was arrested by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday.
This came less than a day after US President Donald Trump took a particular interest in the death of Citizen Floyd, and ordered the Attorney General and the FBI to begin an investigation.
Following the arrest, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
The four officers were fired immediate after a bystander video showed the incident Monday, in which the 46-year-old Floyd can be heard saying, “I can’t breathe.”
This arrest comes as protests in Minneapolis have now spread to other cities and states, demanding a strong response by officials in connection with Floyd’s killing.
Minneapolis and St. Paul have both been in flames over the past few days as protesters burned down buildings and looted stores in response to the killing.
The Minneapolis fire at the Auto Zone which appears to have started the crowd hysteria, is suspected to have been started by under-cover police officer, and has been named as Officer Jacob Pederson of the St. Paul PD.