Derek Chauvin Arrested in George Floyd Killing
The wheels of justice ran more swiftly than usual.
Breaking from CNN (“Minneapolis ex-officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck is in state custody“):
The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd’s neck before the unarmed black man died this week was taken into custody Friday by state authorities, according to John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
The officer, Derek Chauvin, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as fires continued to burn from violent protests overnight as demonstrators demanded justice for Floyd.
It’s not known yet what the charge will be or whether the other officers on the video will be arrested.
That this comes in the wake of rioting, alas, will be interpreted as evidence that mob violence works rather than that it was unnecessary.
UPDATE: The story has been updated to reflect that Chauvin is being charged with “charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.” I’m not a lawyer, much less trained in the minutia of Minnesota law, but that seems a very weak charge given what we can see on the video.