Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General, will be announcing new charges against police officers responsible for the death of George Floyd today.
Ellison is a special prosecutor assigned to the case, and is now charging Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao with being accessories to the murder.
Charges against Police Officer Derek Chauvin will be elevated from third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter to second-degree murder.
All four officers were immediately fired in response to the videotaped killing. Everyone from the Mayor and Governor of Minnesota, to President Trump, quickly came out to condemn the killing. In this case, no one was waiting for the decision of medical examiners to take a stance on the matter.
Floyd was accused of passing a fake $20 bill at a local deli. He did not resist arrest.
In a video taken by bystanders, Floyd is seen speaking cordially with the arresting officers.
In fact, in an ironic twist of fate, he had been a bouncer in years past, working alongside off-duty police.
Coincidentally, Derek Chauvin also worked as a bouncer at the same night club with George Floyd at the time.
The official autopsy blames the officer’s use of excessive force, but also blames underlying health conditions, and claims his blood showed PCP and fentanyl.
However, Floyd’s family had their own autopsy done, and that report placed the blame squarely on the officers, stating he died from asphyxiation from pressure to his neck and back.
It is unknown how protesters will respond to this announcement.
The protests were aimed at precisely this goal, but also had the wider aim of bringing attention to lives lost by Black people at the hands of police officers.
While some places have experience lawful demonstrations and rallies that brought communities together, like here on Staten Island, this was the exception, rather than the rule, as there have been widespread reports of property damage, arson, looting, and even attacks against White people.