The 3rd-degree murder charge against Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been upgraded to 2nd-degree murder in connection to the death of George Floyd.
All four of the officers were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department the day after George Floyd died in police custody. Viral videos showed Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded for the officer to be let up. Two different medical examiners, one hired by the deceased’s family, had conflicting results on the cause of death.
Chauvin, who was originally charged with 3rd-degree murder and manslaughter has now had the murder charge upgraded to 2nd-degree murder. According to Minnesota’s Attorney General’s Office, the three other officers involved – Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao – are being charged with two counts of aiding and abetting 2nd-degree murder.
The three officers could face a maximum sentence of 50 years if convicted on both charges. With the upgraded charges, Chauvin could also face the same maximum sentence.