After three days of violent riots, looting, widespread arson, and even shootings, MN police officer Derek Chauvin, who was captured on video with his knee on the neck of George Floyd has been arrested and charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd, a 47-year-old black man, who was arrested for alleged forgery, could be seen in the video telling the police officers that he couldn’t breathe, while Chauvin kept his knee planted on Chauvin’s neck. Shortly after his arrest, Floyd died.
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AP – Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said state investigators arrested Derek Chauvin, who was one of four officers fired this week, but he did not provide details. The state attorney who would oversee any prosecution on state charges, whose home was also the site of protests, was scheduled to provide an update later Friday.
News of the arrest came moments after Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz acknowledged the “abject failure” of the response to this week’s protests and called for swift justice for officers involved. Walz said the state would take over the response to the protests and that it’s time to show respect and dignity to those who are suffering.
“Minneapolis and St. Paul are on fire. The fire is still smoldering in our streets. The ashes are symbolic of decades and generations of pain, of anguish unheard,” Walz said, adding. “Now generations of pain is manifesting itself in front of the world — and the world is watching.”
MN Governor Walz finally stepped in after President Trump’s tweet last night, where he ripped into the far-left mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, calling him a “very weak Radical Left Mayor.” President Trump warned Frey to “get his act together,” and to “bring the City under control,” or he would “send in the National Guard and get the job done right.”