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Fired Cop Charged with 3rd Degree Murder, Manslaughter in Floyd Case

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A demonstrator displays a T-Shirt with a picture of George Floyd as people protested his death while in police custody in Minneapolis, in downtown Los Angeles, Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

The officer knelt on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes has been taken into custody in connection with his death.

Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third degree murder, manslaughter according to the prosecutor. He also says that charges are pending against the other officers who were involved in Floyd’s death and terminated.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he will announce new developments in the Floyd case at 1 p.m., suggesting that criminal charges may soon follow.

Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of Minneapolis PD, was fired on Tuesday following Floyd’s death on Monday.

The arrest was made by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which has been conducting the investigation into Floyd’s death.

Video taken at the scene showed Chauvin holding his knee to Floyd’s neck for several minutes, with Floyd saying “help” and “I can’t breathe” while he was held.

Three other officers at the scene have also been fired. At this stage there are no word on arrests of these men.

The state attorney says the fired officers are not cooperating with law enforcement.

While the National Guard has deployed 500 armed troops to the city of Minneapolis to prevent any further rioting.