All four fired officers involved in the murder of George Floyd are now facing charges.
Senator Amy Klobuchar announced that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is charging ex-officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane and increasing Derek Chauvin’s charge to 2nd-degree murder.
According to CNBC, a second-degree murder charge carries a statutory maximum sentence of 40 years upon conviction, compared to 25 years for third-degree murder. Actual sentences are often short of the maximum.
The charges for the other three officers have not been announced. AG Ellison’s official announcement is expected to come Wednesday afternoon.
Thao, Kueng, Lane and Chauvin all were involved in murdering Floyd on Monday, May 25. In a viral video of the incident showcasing Floyd’s death, Chauvin is seen suffocating Floyd by pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.
An autopsy commission by Floyd’s family concluded that Floyd died from asphyxiation with the pressure on his back and neck contributing.