The other three Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the incident resulting in George Floyd’s death have formally been charged. The Star-Tribune reports that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Derek Chauvin, the officer who had his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, will be charged with second-degree murder.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, released a statement about the new charges.
“This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd,” said the joint statement by Floyd’s family, Crump and the legal team. “We are deeply gratified that Attorney General Keith Ellison took decisive action in this case, arresting and charging all the officers involved in George Floyd’s death and upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted the news, saying it’s “another important step for justice.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) June 3, 2020