The mugshots of all four officers charged over George Floyd’s killing have been released – with Derek Chauvin facing 40 years.
On Wednesday, prosecutors leveled new criminal charges against all the Minneapolis cops at the scene of the unarmed black man’s death.
The 46-year-old dad was pinned by his neck to the street during an arrest before later dying in hospital on May 25, sparking nine days of protests.
The victim can be heard gasping for air as he repeatedly groaned, “Please, I can’t breathe,” before growing motionless while bystanders shouted at police to let him up.
Veteran cop Chauvin, arrested Friday on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter, was newly charged with an additional, more serious count of second-degree murder, according to court documents filed in the case.
The new charge can carry a sentence of up to 40 years, 15 years longer than the maximum sentence for third-degree murder.
Chauvin, 44, was the white officer seen in a widely circulated video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Sen. Amy also said that the three other officers at the scene Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are also going to be charged for their involvement in the incident following calls for their arrest.
The Star Tribune reported that the three officers are to be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The new charges will be officially announced by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd’s family, called it “a bittersweet moment” and “a significant step forward on the road to justice.” Crump said Elison had told the family he would continue his investigation into Floyd’s death and upgrade the charge to first-degree murder if warranted.