The former Minneapolis police officer shown on video putting his knee on the neck of George Floyd was arrested on Friday, authorities said.
Derek Chauvin, who was fired on Tuesday along with three other officers involved in the detainment of Floyd, was taken into custody Friday and faces charges of 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced.
Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe,” as Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for around eight minutes on Monday night, in an arrest that was videotaped by bystanders. The police department initially said Floyd “physically resisted” the officers and that he died after “suffering medical distress.”
Freeman said he anticipated more charges to come, possibly against some of the other three officers.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Freeman said, “We felt it was appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator. This case has moved with extraordinary speed.”
Just 24 hours earlier, Freeman had said the case still needed more investigation.
But by Friday, Freeman said enough evidence had been gathered.
“All of that has come together and we felt, in our professional judgement, it was time to charge,” Freeman told reporters.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI are both investigating Floyd’s death.
Floyd was black and Chauvin is white, and the former officer’s arrest comes after three days of protests in the Twin Cities, with the unrest in some areas erupting into violence.
MInneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey had called this week for charges to be filed swiftly against the officer who pinned Floyd under his knee. “Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail?” Frey asked. “If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now.”
In the video, Floyd can be heard saying while he is pinned down, “Please, please, please, I can’t breathe.”
Onlookers urged the officer to get off him.
Culled from NBC News