Derek Chauvin , the Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died pleading that he couldn’t breathe, was arrested Friday and will be charged with third-degree murder , state authorities said . The other three officers involved in the controversial arrest of the 46-year-old man on Monday are also in custody of the authorities, although the charges have not yet come out.
Floyd’s death – recorded by a passerby and replicated worldwide via social media – unleashed the anger and frustration of thousands of Americans who have protested over the past three nights over what they consider to be yet another case of the historic police abuse. against the black community. In some cases, protests in Minneapolis have turned violent. The police station was set on fire and a man was shot dead during the protests.
Floyd was arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit ticket at a grocery store, was unarmed, and could not resist. Until now, Chauvin had only been fired, despite having a bulky file with accusations of excesses.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner Johan Harrington said at a press conference. “We entrust our officers with the use of a certain amount of force to do their job of protecting us. But they commit a criminal act if they use this force unreasonably,” he added.
The mayor has declared a local state of emergency, which will be in effect for 72 hours and will allow him to “immediately” use emergency regulations after the looting and protests that have spread from Minneapolis to the neighboring city of Saint Paul (both known as’ Twin Cities’ or twin cities). Half a thousand National Guard troops have been deployed to the city , where they have used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.
The video clearly showed Chauvin, who is white, pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, who was begging ” please, I can’t breathe .” After several minutes, Floyd stops moving and remains motionless on the ground.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz acknowledged Friday the “blunder” in his response this week to violent protests calling for justice for Floyd’s death and called for showing respect and dignity for those who are suffering. Minneapolis and Saint Paul are on fire. Fire still blackens our streets. The ashes are a symbol of decades and generations of unheard pain and anguish, “Wald said.” Now, generations of pain are manifesting to the world … and the world is watching. “