Former Police Officer Derek Chauvin Arrested and Charged with Murder and Manslaughter


On Friday, the former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter.


Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Monday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday.


Video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes on Monday night. The police department initially said Floyd "physically resisted" the officers and that he died after "suffering medical distress."


The video showed Floyd pleading that he could not breathe as a white officer — identified as Chauvin — knelt on his neck and kept his knee there for several minutes after Floyd stopped moving and became unresponsive and died.


"Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd can be heard saying in the video. "My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Please, please. I can't breathe."

Onlookers urged the officer to get off the man.


"You're stopping his breathing right now, you think that's cool?" a man says. "His nose is bleeding. Look at his nose!" says a woman.

After several minutes, Floyd went silent.


Cell phone video appears to show George Floyd on the ground with three officers, while another officer stands next to a police vehicle. Watch the video down below.


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