Former police officer Derek Chauvin faces a new charge of second-degree murder.
A fired Minneapolis police officer will face a more serious charge in the murder of George Floyd, and three other fired police officers will be charged with aiding and abetting the death of an unarmed African-American man, which sparked nationwide protests lasting for the ninth day.
George Floyd, 46, died after police officer Derek Chauvin placed a knee on his neck while in custody on May 25 and held the arrested man in this position for almost nine minutes until he lost consciousness.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has charged 44-year-old Chauvin with new second-degree murder charges, in addition to the third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter charges filed against him last week.
The new charge could carry a sentence of up to 40 years in prison, which is 15 years more than the maximum penalty for third-degree murder.
According to court records, Prosecutor Allison also charged three other police officers involved in the incident: Thomas Lane, Jay Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao. They are accused of aiding and abetting arrest and murder.