Four Minneapolis police officers have been charged with the death of African American George Floyd, one with second-degree murder.
Suspended police officers Derek Chauvin, To Tao, J. Alexander Quang and Thomas Kiernan Lane are being charged as defendants in the murder of a 46-year-old man during detention.
Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis policeman who kneeled on the neck of Floyd lying on the ground and held the strangulation for almost 9 minutes, will be convicted of second-degree murder, the rest as accomplices. The charge of second-degree murder does not imply intentionality, but provides for more severe penalties.
The May 25 death of George Floyd sparked protests in the United States over systemic racism and police brutality. Floyd died after being detained while trying to buy cigarettes with a fake $ 20 bill.