Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested on Friday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. He has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.
Third-degree murder and manslaughter means it was an “accident”.
Floyd was later pronounced dead, sparking protests and calls for Chauvin and fellow officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng ― who were all present during the incident ― to be charged. Those four officers have been fired from the police department.
Early in the encounter, Lane pointed his gun at an unarmed Floyd, according to a criminal complaint released on Friday.
“As officer Lane began speaking with Mr. Floyd, he pulled his gun out and pointed it at Mr. Floyd’s open window and directed Mr. Floyd to show his hands,” the complaint reads.
Later, as Floyd was on the ground struggling to breathe, the officers said, “You’re talking fine.” Floyd begged for air and for his mother. Lane asked Chauvin if they should put Floyd on his side, but Chauvin said no, according to the complaint.
Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, according to the complaint. Almost three of those minutes were after Floyd became “non-responsive.”