Barely an hour after the announcement of his arrest, the police officer implicated in the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis was charged with intentional homicide, reports the prosecutor of the county of Hennepin.
“Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with murder (3rd degree) and manslaughter,” said Mike Freeman. Derek Chauvin, the accused police officer, was detained by the criminal police. He was also removed from office.
Open federal and local investigations
Filmed by a passerby, a video of the arrest shows Derek Chauvin tackling George Floyd to the ground, keeping his knee on his neck for long minutes. The latter whines and repeats: “I can’t breathe. “
The policeman tells him to stay calm. A second keeps passers-by at a distance, who start to get angry when the apprehended man does not move and seems unconscious.
Other videos seem to dismiss the thesis advanced by the police that George Floyd, suspected of having tried to forge a counterfeit 20 dollar bill, would have resisted his arrest. In images captured by surveillance cameras, his hands are handcuffed behind his back and he offers no resistance when a policeman drives him to a patrol car.
Biden responds to Trump
Since the videos were broadcast, riots have erupted in Minneapolis, especially around the police station where the four police officers involved in this case worked, and in other cities in the region. The town hall has decided to introduce a curfew this Friday from 8 p.m. local time (3 a.m. in Paris) until 6 a.m.
The political class has largely taken hold of this affair. Democrat White House candidate Joe Biden on Friday denounced the “gaping plague” of “institutional racism” in the United States by calling for justice for George Floyd, a black man killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.
The former vice-president of Barack Obama alluded, without naming him, to Republican President Donald Trump whom he will face during the American presidential election in November. “Now is not the time for inflammatory tweets. Now is not the time to encourage violence, “said Biden, 77, as Twitter hid a tweet from the President on Friday that he was in violation of his guidelines on condemning violence .
Outraged by the publication of the American president, singer Taylor Swift promised Donald Trump that he would be beaten in the next presidential election and called to vote against him. “After having fueled the fire of white supremacy and racism since the beginning of your mandate, you have the nerve to play on moral authority before threatening (the use) of violence,” wrote the artist. 30 years on his Twitter account. A message that touched a million likes this Friday evening.