George Floyd death: Ex Minneapolis police charged with murder

Ex Minneapolis police charged with murder
The police officer charged with murder in Minneapolis.
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Daily US Times: A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder after massive protests broke out in the city. Residents of Minneapolis took to the streets following the death of an unarmed black man George Floyd in custody.

Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd’s neck on Monday. He and three other officers have been sacked after the incident.

Days of arson and looting in the Minnesota city have boiled over into nationwide protests as the latest case has reignited US anger over police killings of black Americans.

What did the prosecutor say?

Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. He said he “anticipates charges” for the three other officers but did not reveal more details.

Mr Freeman said his office “charged this case as quickly as evidence has been presented to us”, adding that “This is by far the fastest that we’ve ever charged a police officer”.

Mr Chauvin acted with “a depraved mind, without regard for human life”, according to the criminal report.

What’s the latest on the protests?

The White House was placed on lockdown after a protest was held outside on Friday evening. Demonstrators could be heard chanting “I can’t breathe,” invoking the last words of Mr Floyd and Eric Garner, a black man who died after being held in a police chokehold in New York in 2014.

The lockdown ended at about 20:30 EDT, with the US Secret Service reopening the building’s entrances and exits to staff.

Meanwhile, curfews have been ordered for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul, from 20:00 to 06:00 on both Friday and Saturday night.

A police car burns as protesters gather near the CNN offices in Atlanta, Georgia. Source: Reuters

Protesters and Floyd’s family demanded justice and urged related police charged with murder.

During the third night of protests over Mr Floyd’s death on Thursday, a police station was set alight. A number of buildings have been burned, vandalised and looted in recent days, prompting the activation of the state’s National Guard troops.

In Atlanta, a police vehicle was set alight on Friday as protesters gathered near the offices of news broadcaster CNN.

There have also been demonstrations elsewhere, including Los Angeles, New York, DenverChicago, Houston, Phoenix, Louisville, Columbus and Memphis.

Frustration was already simmering over the recent deaths of two other black Americans, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia and Breonna Taylor.

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