After four days of public outcry and social unrest following the fatal arrest of George Floyd on Memorial Day, fired police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second degree manslaughter.
Prior to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman’s announcement on Friday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety announced that Chauvin had been taken into the custody of the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA).
The arrest and charges today mark a swift change from the previous day when during joint press conference with federal and state investigators, Freeman stated he needed more time to go over the evidence and alluded to there being evidence that might not warrant a criminal charge.
Freeman said the charges of Chauvin will be released Friday afternoon.
He also said he anticipated more charges against the other officers involved in Floyd’s arrest.