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BREAKING: Officer charged with third-degree murder in death of George Floyd

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Former officer Derek Chauvin

UPDATE (WKOW) -- Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman today said that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder.

In Minnesota, third-degree murder involves killing another person without premeditation and intent, through inherently dangerous acts, and with no regard for human life. “Inherently dangerous acts” may be direct or indirect.

If an individual intends to harm another person, but not kill that person, and the person dies anyway, charges of third-degree murder will likely be filed.

A person convicted of murder in the third degree may be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 25 years and a payment of a fine of not more than $40,000.

George Floyd case

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is announcing an arrest in the death of George Floyd.

Posted by WKOW 27 on Friday, May 29, 2020


MINNEAPOLIS -- Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced the arresting officer in the George Floyd case has been taken into custody, according to ABC affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis.

Former officer Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Floyd was pronounced dead Monday night after he was taken into custody by police in south Minneapolis. A video that was circulated online shows an officer holding his knee on the back of Floyd's neck for several minutes.

A source with knowledge of the investigation identified the officer as Derek Chauvin. Chauvin and three other officers have been fired in connection to the incident.

Check back for more on this developing story.

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