The Minneapolis Police Department has fired four officers it says were involved in the death of an unarmed Black man accused of forgery.
While none of the officers were identified by the department, the Minneapolis Star Tribune revealed that the main officer who was seen kneeling on the neck of George Floyd as he explained he couldn’t breathe is named Derek Chauvin. The entire deadly episode was recorded on video by bystanders whose presence Chauvin didn’t seem fazed by as he appeared to kill Floyd.
Another officer on the scene and shown in the video was identified on social media as Tou Thao. It was unclear who the other two officers are.
After it was announced the officers were fired, Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, renewed his calls for each of them to be arrested and charged with murder.
We did it!! Your calls to @jacob_frey led to the termination of all four officers 👏🏾 Now call DA Mike Freeman (612-348-5550) and tell him to ARREST & CHARGE these officers for the murder of #GeorgeFloyd. We must continue to fight for #JusticeForFloyd!! #SayHisName pic.twitter.com/2VHCS7doQp
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 26, 2020