Former police officer in the case of George Floyd’s death was arrested and charged with manslaughter in Minneapolis. The death of an African American has triggered the largest riots in the United States since 2016.
“I want to report that former police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody. He has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told reporters. The ex-police is facing up to 25 years in prison.
The prosecutor added that, according to the preliminary autopsy report, “no physical evidence confirming the diagnosis of traumatic asphyxiation or strangulation was found in the victim’s body. “The combined effect of Mr. Floyd’s detention by police, his health condition and possible intoxication in his system probably contributed to his death,” the prosecutor quoted the report as saying.
Three other former police officers who were involved in the arrest are still being investigated.
Recall that African-American George Floyd was detained by police in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The man was unarmed. At the time of the arrest, a policeman threw him on the asphalt, then pushed his knee around his neck and held him. George Floyd died in the hospital. A video of the detention incident spread over the Internet and became a cause of unrest across the country. Minneapolis itself is under an emergency regime. More than 500 members of the U.S. National Guard have been deployed in the city.