The 3 officers who assisted as Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd have all been arrested and charged with crimes. The officers (Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Kieran Lane) have been charged with felony aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting 2nd degree manslaughter.
Chauvin faces 40 years in prison (that’s the maximum penalty for 2nd degree murder.) The other 3 also face 40 years each, the same punishment for 2nd degree murder.
Floyd was arrested following a report that he used a counterfeit $20 bill at a store. In videos of the incident, you can see clearly that it was more than just Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s body. 3 other officers were on him at one time.
In the independent autopsy ordered by the Floyd family, it revealed that he died from asphyxia as a result of the neck and back compression.
The complaint calls the 2nd degree murder charge “unintentional while committing a felony.” So it appears they are attempting to get Chauvin on felony murder for the excessive force that led to George’s death. A representative for the Floyd family, Ben Crump, calls for Chauvin’s charge to be upgraded.
In regards to the arrest of the other officers, he says “This is a significant step forward on the road to justice” and is providing some peace for George’s family in this painful time.
Attorney Lee Merritt, also reps the Floyd family and tells us the reason he has been pushing so hard for the officers involved in Floyd’s death to be held accountable is to encourage cops everywhere to start becoming a part of the solution to police brutality.
He hopes it sends the message that good cops need to challenge bad cops in order to be good cops. He says this can be a positive step toward changing a system that’s enabled mistreatment of black people for so long.