Fired Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in George Floyd’s death.
Hennepin County DA Mike Freeman announced the charges.
Chauvin was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension approximately an hour before charges were announced.
Chauvin is one of four officers fired for their involvement in Floyd’s death on Monday. He was primarily featured in a viral video showcasing him suffocating Floyd by pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.
During his press conference, DA Freeman said he found it appropriate to focus on the most dangerous perpetrator among the officers.
DA Freeman also alluded to the possibility of more charges for Derek Chauvin.