Minneapolis authorities reported over the weekend that they had indicted Derek Chauvin, the police officer videotaped pressing his knee into the neck of an African American man arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill.
Minneapolis authorities said Saturday that Derek Chauvin, the policeman videotaped pressing down on the neck of African American detainee George Floyd, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder.
US media outlets reported that in his 19 years with the police force, Chauvin had 18 previous complaints filed against him.
Prosecuting attorneys alleged that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds; 2 minutes and 53 seconds of these were after Floyd had already gone numb.
They said Floyd died of "being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions, and any potential intoxicants in his system."
Chauvin's wife has applied for divorce. A statement from her lawyer read: "This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin," the statement said.
"While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time."
In the video, recorded by a bystander, Floyd appears lying on the ground with Chauvin pressing his knee into Floyd's neck and not allowing him get up. Floyd can be heard pleading with the officer: "Please, man, I can't breathe," and then repeating: "I can't breathe, I can't breathe." As the cop continues pressing down on Floyd's neck, his eyelids eventually close shut, and he stops talking.
Following release of the recording, angry crowds have taken to the streets of Minneapolis, pillaging local businesses and targeting police officers. The last three days have seen nationwide protests with some 60 people reported arrested in Houston and a number of police officers injured,
Violent protests have spread to the streets of Atlanta, Chicago, Indianapolis, New Orleans, New York City, Boston, Washington D.C. and Detroit with dozens of businesses burned to the ground and millions of dollars in property damage.