Floyd Family Lawyer: Police Officer's Charges Likely to Be Upgraded

Clay Curtis
June 3, 2020

The law firm representing the wife of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd says she has filed for divorce.

Derek Chauvin, the fired Minneapolis police officer who is now charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, has been moved to a second detention facility in the same day.

Chauvin was seen in a now viral Facebook video holding his knee down on Floyd's neck for minutes on end as Floyd pleaded, "I can't breathe".

Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter several days after Mr Floyd's death.

Department director Dave Schnell explained that the decision was not an unusual one, and it's something that often happens with police offers. Kueng was one of the first officers on the scene and helped pin Floyd down.

Crump reiterated that the family's independent autopsy confirmed Floyd died by "mechanical asphyxiation caused by the knee to neck and two knees to his back".

His death has sparked protests against police violence across the country.

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Floyd's family, on Wednesday, visited a makeshift shrine at the Minneapolis street corner where he died.

Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Floyd family, said on Twitter that the family saw the news as a "bittersweet moment" and were "deeply gratified" that Ellison was upgrading the charge against Chauvin and charging the other officers involved. "Therefore, we also demand permanent transparent police accountability at all levels and at all times".

"Witness Donna Williams who yesterday was the person in the video saying "You all are gonna kill him" likened it to suffocation like a fish out of water, gasping for air", Crump said. He needed a breath and the ambulance that came here to pick him up from this very spot was the hearse for George Floyd. "We think that [Chauvin] had intent, based on not the one minute, two minute, but over eight minutes, nearly nine minutes he kept his knee in a man's neck that was begging and pleading for breath", Crump, a longtime civil rights attorney, told "Face the Nation". Lane was detailed in earlier charges as pointing a gun at Floyd before handcuffing, and later asked whether officers should roll Floyd on his side as he was restrained.

In the same profile, she said she met Derek Chauvin at the medical center where she worked when he brought a suspect in for a health check before bringing them to jail.

The Minnesota Attorney General who took over the case last week will make the announcement shortly.

Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Human Rights yesterday launched a civil rights investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department and its history of racial discrimination, in hopes of forcing widespread change.

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