George Floyd death: All four officers now face charges

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The family of Mr Floyd say prosecutors’ decision is “a source of peace in this difficult time”.

(Clockwise from top left) J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin

Three police officers present when their colleague knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes are to face charges.

Prosecutors have also upgraded the charges against the main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder.

He had initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over Mr Floyd’s death, which has triggered protests across the US and around the world.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said: “I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder.”

All four Minneapolis officers had been fired after Mr Floyd’s death on 25 May, but the three were not immediately charged.

Mr Ellison said Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao will stand accused of aiding and abetting second-degree murder.

“I strongly believe that these developments are in the interests of justice for Mr Floyd, his family, our community and our state,” he added.

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