The three ex-police officers who helped restrain George Floyd and stood by and watched on as ex cop Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck, are now in custody after being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
The three namely: Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were not initially charged but have now been arrested on Wednesday – nine days after Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests.
Lane and Thao were both processed at the city’s Hennepin County jail shortly after 5pm, according to CNN.
The third officer Kueng, had turned himself in at the same facility earlier in the afternoon. All three posed for mugshots which were later released to the public.
The trio now face a maximum sentence of 40 years behind bars after Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced their charges.
Meanwhile, Derek Chauvin – who was originally charged with third-degree murder, has also been slapped with an additional charge of second-degree murder. He now also faces 40 years in prison.
This comes after a week of global outrage and civil unrest across America during which millions called for the officers to be brought to justice. “George Floyd mattered. His life had value and we will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it”, said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon: ‘I strongly believe these developments are in the interest of justice for Mr Floyd, his family, this community and this state.’
He said he did not allow public pressure to influence his decision and warned it would be ‘months’ before he and his team build a ‘solid’ enough case to go to trial.