The police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter. pic.twitter.com/AKJWnk2r7q
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Courtesy of CNN:
The fired Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Freeman said, adding that he anticipated charges against the other three officers involved in the incident.
“We entrust our police officers to use certain amounts of force to do their job to protect us. They commit a criminal act if they use this force unreasonably,” he said.
The evidence in the case includes a cell phone video of the incident, body worn cameras, witness statements, a preliminary report from medical examiner, and discussions with an expert, Freeman said.
The criminal complaint says, “(Former officer) Derek Michael Chauvin caused the death of George Floyd by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind without regard for human life.”
If convicted of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Chauvin would face up to 25 years in prison on the first charge and up to 10 years on the second.
A preliminary autopsy report by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner found “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation,” according to the criminal complaint released by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
The report added: “The combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system likely contributed to his death.”
Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds in total, and 2 minutes, 53 seconds after Floyd was unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint.
He knelt on his neck for 2 minutes and 53 seconds after the man was unresponsive.
That is no accident.
That is murder.
I have restrained a lot of people in my time and avoiding injury to the neck or restricting their ability to breathe is one of the most important considerations.
On the job, I would never touch the neck, and even in the event of a physical confrontation with somebody completely out of control in my personal life I would only use a chokehold if I were in real fear for my safety or the safety of others.
Nothing I have seen so far indicates that Dereck Michael Chauvin was in any such jeopardy.