Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter for the death of George Floyd on Monday (May 25). Minnesota Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced that Chauvin was arrested by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday afternoon (May 29), with Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman revealing his criminal charges during a press conference later that day.
Chauvin was one of four officers involved in Floyd’s death and was the officer who knelt down on Floyd’s neck, crushed his throat and rendered him unable to breath.
“What the world has witnessed since the killing of George Floyd on Monday has been a visceral pain, a community trying to understand who we are and where we go from here,” Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said in his first remarks since Wednesday (May 27).
Chauvin, along with the three other officers involved, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department on Tuesday (May 26). According to NBC, Chauvin had had over a dozen police conduct complaints brought against him over his 19-year career. None of the complaints resulted in any disciplinary action against him, except one “letter of reprimand.” The outlet also reports that Chauvin had once fired shots during an altercation with an alleged suspect.
News of Chauvin’s arrest and charges arrives after Attorney Freeman said that the FBI investigation into Floyd’s death would “take a little time” and asked “people to be patient.”
“We are going to investigate it as expeditiously, thoroughly and completely as justice demands,” he said on Thursday (May 28).
The current investigation is being led by the FBI, with updates provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Freeman and the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The other three officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, have not yet been arrested.