The former Minneapolis Police officer who pressed his knee into George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes has now been charged with second-degree murderand the three other officers on scene during his killing are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, media reports revealed.
The official announcement of the charges came from Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison more than a week after Floyd was killed while in police custody in Minneapolis, sparking global protests that called against the police brutality of Black citizens.
In addition to the upgrade of charges ( from third-degree murder ) against Derek Chauvin, charges have also been filed against the three other officers on scene: Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
Two autopsies on Floyd determined that he died by homicide.
Second-degree murder is officially defined as an intentional killing that was not premeditated.