All four cops charged over George Floyd’s death & ‘killer’ Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder
All four cops have now been charged over the death of George Floyd with the officer who knelt on him for eight minutes set to face second-degree murder charges.
Minnesota’s Attorney General will escalate charges against Derek Chauvin and charge the three other officers with aiding and abetting murder.
If convicted of both charges, the officers face the same maximum sentence as Chauvin - up to 50 years in prison.
Keith Ellison took the action just days after Gov Tim Walz asked the Attorney General to take over the prosecution, which had been led by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
"I ask for your patience while we limit our public comments in the pursuit of justice," Ellison said in a press conference.
"We are following the path of all of the evidence, wherever it leads, as thoroughly as we can, because being complete and thorough is incredibly important.
"Winning a conviction will be hard."
Only one attorney general has ever convicted a police officer of murder.
"We will seek justice for him and for you.
"I was not impacted by public pressure," Ellison reiterated. "We have made the charges based on the law that we think applies. I see no reason why there can not be a fair trial."
One police officer has already been taken into police custody, while the other two are expected to be processed this afternoon.
Ellison confirmed the three officers could face the same maximum sentence as Chauvin.
All four cops charged over George Floyd’s death and ‘killer’ Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder charge
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