İrem UZUN -TDO- Charges against Derek Chauvin, the Minnesota police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, have been upgraded. The three other officers who are involved in the incident seen on video have now been charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Prosecutors charged Chauvin with a more serious charge of second-degree murder on Wednesday, and for the first time leveled charges against three other officers, issuing warrants for their arrests. An updated criminal complaint against Derek Chauvin says his actions were a “substantial causal factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd’s death as well.” The unintentional second-degree murder count carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, compared with 25 years for third-degree murder.
All four officers were fired and Chauvin was initially charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers involved were not immediately charged, spurring calls from protesters and Floyd’s family for them to also face criminal charges. Attorney Ben Crump tweeted that the Floyd family was “deeply gratified” by the new charges, calling them “a source of peace for George’s family in this difficult time.”
Chauvin was reprimanded in 2008 for pulling a woman out of her car in 2007, frisking her and placing her in his squad car after he stopped her for speeding 10 miles per hour over the limit. His dashboard camera was not activated and a report said he could have interviewed the woman while standing outside her car.