The Minneapolis Police Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck Has Been Charged With Murder

Would have been nice if he was held accountable immediately.

Derek Chauvin, the white Minneapolis officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck as he said he couldn’t breathe before dying, has been charged with murder.

Floyd’s death, captured on video as he struggled for air and begged officers to stop so he could breath, has sparked days of unrest across the country as thousands of people have gone to the streets in protest of police killings of unarmed black men.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said that while the investigation is ongoing, “we felt it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator.”

A criminal complaint was expected to be released later in the day, but Freeman said Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

The three officers remain investigation, although Freeman said he anticipates they too will face charges.