Charges against U.S. officer involved in FLoyd's death elevated

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Added On June 4, 2020

 U.S. prosecutors have upgraded the charge against former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin involved in George Floyd's death to second-degree murder.

 
Chauvin was filmed pressing his knee to Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before the latter died.
 
Three other former officers involved in the incident were also charged with aiding and abetting murder.
 
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that the current evidence supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder, rather than the third-degree murder and manslaughter Chauvin was previously accused of.
 
Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped Chauvin constrain Floyd, and Tou Thau, who stood by without stopping his colleagues, were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
 
The death of George Floyd has led to protests against police brutality and racial injustice across the U.S.
 
New York City extends curfew till Sunday to curb violence, looting amid protests 
 
Some of the protests turned violent, prompting mayors and governors to impose curfews in more than 40 U.S. cities, while thousands of people have been arrested.
 
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he opposed the use of active-duty military forces to quell protesters.
 
Esper's statement put him at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump, who said earlier that he might invoke the Insurrection Act of 1807 to crack down on the nationwide unrest.