On 25th of May, George Floyd was arrested by Minneapolis police officers after an employee called 911 to report him for buying cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill. In the process of his arrest, Security footage showed how he was apprehended by the officer and pinned down beneath three policemen where he lost consciousness and gave up the ghost.
Mr. Floyd unable to breathe, even as he and onlookers called out for help was killed in the process of his arrest which sparked nationwide protests against racism and police violence. Some of the protests have been peaceful, while others have been destructive.
The day after Mr. Floyd’s death, the Police Department fired all four of the officers involved in the episode, and on Friday the Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman, announced murder and manslaughter charges against Derek Chauvin, the officer who can be seen most clearly in witness videos pinning Mr. Floyd to the ground. Mr. Chauvin, who is white, kept his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, according to the criminal complaint against him. Our video shows that Mr. Chauvin did not remove his knee even after Mr. Floyd lost consciousness, and for a full minute after paramedics arrived at the scene.
Derek Chauvin, was arrested on Friday and first charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The new second-degree murder charge says that Chauvin killed Floyd “without intent” in the course of committing assault in the third degree, according to an amended complaint.
Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood near the others, were not initially charged. Lane, 37, Kueng, 26, and Thao, 34, are now charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
According to gathered stories, Floyd grew up in Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood and graduated from Jack Yates High School where he played football and basketball.
After high school, head basketball coach George Walker recruited Floyd to play for him at South Florida State College in Avon Park, Florida. Floyd was a student there from 1993 to 1995.
He later moved to Minnesota for work and to drive trucks, according to a friend and former NBA player, Stephen Jackson.
Floyd is a father to two daughters. Before his death, Floyd worked security at Conga Latin Bistro in Minneapolis.