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Arresting officer in George Floyd case taken into custody by BCA

KSTP
Updated: May 29, 2020 02:29 PM
Created: May 28, 2020 10:22 AM

Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington announced the arresting officer in the George Floyd case has been taken into custody.

Former officer Derek Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 11:44 a.m. Friday, on probable cause related to Floyd's death. 

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Floyd was pronounced dead Monday night after he was taken into custody by police in south Minneapolis. A video that was circulated online shows an officer holding his knee on the back of Floyd's neck for several minutes.

A source with knowledge of the investigation identified the officer as Derek Chauvin. Chauvin and three other officers have been fired in connection to the incident.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced third-degree murder and manslaughter charges against Chauvin later Friday.

Former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder, manslaughter in George Floyd's death, Hennepin County attorney says

The BCA said the investigation into Floyd's death continues. Anyone with information is urged to contact the FBI at 1-800-CALLFBI (800-225-5324) or the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension at 651-793-7000.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey called on Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman Wednesday to file charges. 

"I've wrestled with, more than anything else over the last 36 hours, one fundamental question: Why is the man who killed George Floyd not in jail," Frey said to the press Wednesday. "If you had done it, or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now."

KSTP's Eric Chaloux reported he was with Floyd's fiancée at the time the news broke. He shared a photo of her reaction:

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