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Subject Officer Charged With 3rd Degree Murder in Death of George Floyd
Date May 30, 2020 12:15 AM
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["Dont think for a minute that Derek Chauvin would have been
arrested if people in Minneapolis werent standing up and fighting."]
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Julia Conley
May 29, 2020
Common Dreams
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_ "Don't think for a minute that Derek Chauvin would have been
arrested if people in Minneapolis weren't standing up and fighting." _

Derek Chauvin, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department
this week after being filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck, was
arrested Friday afternoon, Steel Brooks/Anadolu Agency via Getty


Following three days of intense demonstrations in Minneapolis over the
death of George Floyd,  police officer Derek Chauvin—one of four
officers involved in the killing—was taken into custody by state
authorities Friday afternoon and charged
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third degree murder and manslaughter.

Chauvin was filmed kneeling on George Floyd, a black man, while he was
unarmed and handcuffed in Minneapolis on Monday. The video of Floyd's
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his alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill
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him saying he couldn't breathe while witnesses demanded that the
officers stop the attack. 

BREAKING: Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin is charged
with murder in the third degree and manslaughter, Hennepin County
Attorney Mike Freeman says. The investigation into the killing of
George Floyd continues
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— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) May 29, 2020
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Chauvin and the three other officers at the scene—Thomas Lane, Tou
Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng—were fired after the killing,
but human rights advocates
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the country and protesters in Minneapolis and other cities 
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week demanded the officers be charged with murder.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told reporters that the
investigation is ongoing and that the other officers may be charged,
but said his office had charged Chauvin with "extraordinary speed."

"We have never charged a case in that kind of timeframe," Freeman

Former Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro tweeted that a
record of slow-moving criminal investigations is nothing for the
county to boast about.

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— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) May 29, 2020
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing Floyd's
family, called
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arrest "a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice."

"We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree
murder charge," said Crump in a statement. "And we want to see the
other officers arrested. We call on authorities to revise the charges
to reflect the true culpability of this officer. The pain that the
black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the
treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto
streets across America."

Organizers in Minneapolis said after the arrest that they were "not
satisfied with one officer" being detained, and protests continued
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BREAKING - MPD Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested in the death of
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I am at a news conference in Minneapolis City Hall with black leaders
in Minnesota and friends of George Floyd. They found out the news in
the moment and this is their response. #WCCO
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— Marielle Mohs (@MarielleMohs) May 29, 2020
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"Don't think for a minute that Derek Chauvin would have been arrested
if people in Minneapolis weren't standing up and fighting," tweeted 
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Smucker of the advocacy group PA Stand Up.

The ACLU tweeted that an independent investigation into Floyd's
killing must follow the arrest.

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was

This is not enough. We have much further to go — including swift,
independent prosecution conducted by the Attorney General's office.

The fight to dismantle a violent, oppressive system has just begun.
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— ACLU (@ACLU) May 29, 2020
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"We have much further to go," the group said. "The fight to dismantle
a violent, oppressive system has just begun."

_Julia Conley is a Common Dreams staff writer._

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