“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged by the Hennepin County prosecutor’s office with murder (3rd degree) and manslaughter,” the prosecutor said on Friday.
After three nights of clashes in Minneapolis (Minnesota, United States), the police officer implicated in the death of George Floyd after an arrest was arrested and charged with manslaughter, the prosecutor announced Friday, May 29 Hennepin County, where the city of Minneapolis is located.
“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged by the Hennepin County prosecutor’s office with murder (3rd degree) and manslaughter,” said prosecutor Mike Freeman. Shortly before, the Minnesota Department of Civil Defense announced the arrest of Derek Chauvin.
Four police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd were dismissed on Tuesday. In addition to Derek Chauvin, the other three police officers have also been arrested and are at risk of being charged in this case.
The mayor of Minneapolis announced that he had declared a curfew in Minneapolis overnight from Friday to Saturday. From Friday 8 p.m. (1 a.m. GMT, i.e. 3 a.m., Paris time) until 6 a.m. the next morning (i.e. 1 p.m. in Paris), the streets of the city must be deserted, at except law enforcement, firefighters and medical personnel.
For his part, Donald Trump claimed to have spoken with the family of George Floyd. “I understand the pain,” said the President from the White House. “George’s family has the right to justice,” he added. “The people of Minnesota have the right to security,” said the American leader, referring to the three nights of clashes in Minneapolis.
Minneapolis: Riots Continue After Man Dies
Will there be a fourth night of riots in Minneapolis? Protesters demand that the police involved in the death of George Floyd be arrested for murder. The video of the arrest has gone viral in the United States but also in the world.
It is the image of the night in Minneapolis. An American flag, usually revered, is defiled, soiled and burned. It is chaos for hours with hundreds of rioters who assume the violence. “You have to destroy everything to rebuild,” said a protester. “I think it’s good and bad at the same time. It’s bad but for a good cause,” said another protester.
“Our police are racist”
All afternoon Friday, May 29, some demonstrators are on their knees. “Don’t shoot, we’ve got our hands in the air!” The police disperse them. “Our police are racist. We have created in our country a police system which subdues and dominates non-whites,” deplores a protester. Crowds seek justice for George Floyd, an African-American father who died after police arrest. A member of the police force had long pressed his knee against the neck of the victim. Friday evening, the latter was charged with manslaughter.