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Policeman Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck Charged With Third-degree Murder

Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis policeman, accused of killing unarmed African-American, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck was arrested on Friday and charged with third-degree murder, officials said.

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Chauvin is one of four officers who were fired shortly after an explosive video emerged, showing a handcuffed Floyd lying on the street while the officer pinned his knee to Floyd’s neck for at least five minutes on Monday.

The death of the 46-year-old has sparked days of violent demonstrations in Minneapolis and other US cities over police brutality against African-Americans.

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Hundreds of shops have so far been damaged, and a police station burnt.

“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is in custody,” Hennepin county prosecutor, Mike Freeman, told reporters.

“Chauvin has been charged with murder and with manslaughter,” he added, specifying to reporters that the charge was third-degree murder.

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US Senator and former Presidential aspirant, Amy Klobuchar, who is from Minnesota, applauded Chauvin’s arrest, calling it “the first step towards justice.”

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