Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison increased the murder charge Wednesday against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chavuin and filed charges against three other ex-officers.
An amended criminal complaint against Chauvin was filed Wednesday, adding a charge of second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony in the death of George Floyd. Bail had been set at $500,000 for Chauvin and is now set at $1 million.
Three other officers, who have also been fired, were charged Wednesday with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death, court records show.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office charged Chauvin with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Friday. The other officers were not initially charged.
The attorney for Floyd’s family, Benjamin Crump, said in a Wednesday afternoon statement, “This is a bittersweet moment for the family of George Floyd. 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. This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest.”
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar tweeted Wednesday afternoon, “This is another important step for justice.”
Gov. Tim Walz announced Sunday that Ellison will take the lead in the prosecution of the case. Ellison is planning to provide a public update this afternoon on the prosecution of the Floyd case, but hasn’t detailed what it will be.
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