Minnesota Attorney General, Keither Ellison, announced to the public on Wednesday evening that three former Minneapolis police officers have been charged with aiding and abetting murder in relation with the death of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, who was earlier charged with third-degree murder and second-hand manslaughter, will now be charged with second-degree murder as well. This comes as great news for Floyd’s family, loved ones, and those protesting justice over the past few days.
However, Ellison stated his belief that the prosecution process could take months and he urges the public to continue demonstrating patience.
The three former police officers involved in the case are Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Kueng.
Ellison is dedicated to building a solid case, with thorough investigations and research into the tragic incident. “George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His family was important. His life had value. And we will seek justice for him and for you,” Ellison said (Higgings & Mangan, 2020).
Chauvin and the three former police officers involved in the arresting of Floyd on Memorial Day were fired from their positions last week. One of the officers charged this Wednesday was placed in custody already, while the other two officers were expected to be taken into custody later in the day.
As Floyd’s death ignited a nation-wide protest against police brutality, thousands of individuals demanded for charges to be brought against all officers and for Chauvin’s charge to be upgraded to first-degree murder. Ellison ensured news sources that the decision-making process is not swayed by public pressures. A second-degree murder charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years upon conviction, while aiding and abetting second-degree murder has a possible maximum setence of 40 years in prison.