- On Friday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Derek Chauvin is charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter
- Chauvin was caught on camera murdering George Floyd on Monday in Minneapolis which has spawned days of rioting in Minneapolis
- Freeman said he anticipated charges for the other three officers involved but as of now no arrests have been made
On Friday it was announced that Derek Chauvin has been charged for the murder of George Floyd. However, if this was a move to try and bring peace back to the streets of Minneapolis, chances are it is too little too late.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Chauvin is charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. Freeman said he anticipated more charges to come against the other three officers involved in Floyd’s murder. “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.”
The people of Minneapolis clearly disagree with Freeman’s opinion on the speed of arrests. Many feel Chauvin and the other three officers are being given special treatment because they were police officers, and they are right to feel that way. It is hard to believe if a video showed four citizens killing Floyd that there would be any delay in arrests. Instead of arresting Chauvin, the Minneapolis Police Department diligently guarded his house as the city burned for the past three nights.
On Thursday Freeman had claimed the case still needed more investigation but did not go into details on what exactly was possibly missing. The handling of the case since the beginning has fueled outrage seen in the streets of Minneapolis. Initially, the MPD attempted to place blame on Floyd by claiming he resisted arrest. Little did MPD know there was a security camera at a nearby restaurant that showed Floyd was handcuffed and compliant after stepping out of his vehicle.
A ten-minute video from Darnella Frazier captured the brutal murder and allowed the world to witness what transpired on Monday. Floyd is seen on the video already on the ground, handcuffed, with Chauvin digging his knee into his neck. Roughly four minutes into the video, Floyd became unresponsive. Witnesses pleading for Chauvin to get off of Floyd’s neck as he begged for his life. At one point Floyd is heard calling out for his deceased mother. What you did not see from Frazier’s video is an officer restraining Floyd’s legs and an officer restraining his lower torso. Chauvin did not remove his knee from Floyd’s neck until after eight minutes into the video, four minutes after Floyd had become unresponsive.
Floyd’s death has released years of frustration and anger upon the streets of Minneapolis. It is hard for many to believe the “I can’t breathe” chant is once again relevant in yet another death of a black man at the hands of law enforcement. On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died after being placed in a chokehold by former New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo. Pantaleo was fired from his job with the NYPD but did not face charges for Garner’s death.