All four of the officers involved in the death of George Floyd’s have now been charged and will be facing 40 years behind bars.Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis on Monday for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
On Wednesday, the Minnesota AG charged the trio with aiding and abetting second degree murder which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.Chauvin was originally charged with second degree murder which carries a maximum sentence of 25 years but he now faces 40 years behind bars too after being hit with an additional charge of second degree murder.
The new charge also alleges that, he intentionally killed Floyd, without premeditation, whereas the old charge suggested it was unintentional.The charges came after a week of global outrage and civil unrest across America during which millions called for the officers to be brought to justice.
Minnesota Attorney General, Keith Ellison said at a press conference on saying: “I strongly believe these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr Floyd, his family, this community and this state”.