Derek Chauvin, the police officer involved in the killing of George Floyd, has had his charges upgraded to 2nd degree murder.
The other three police officers will also face charges, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Wednesday, Fox 6 News reports.
“Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice,” the Democratic senator tweeted.
Chauvin was last week seen on camera, calm, cool and collected as he pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, while Floyd pleaded with him: “I can’t breathe.”
The incident has sparked mass protests over questions of police brutality and racial inequality across the United States and other countries of the world, including Nigeria.
Derek Chauvin, as the man who caused Floyd’s death, was arrested and charged immediately, a move that is among the fastest charges in history.
At the time, he was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Even though he was charged immediately, many weren’t happy that it was just a third-degree murder charge given all the footage of the incident which screams otherwise.
Chauvin’s charge has been upgraded to a second degree murder charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years, as opposed to a third degree charge, for 25 years maximum.