Just under a week on from the arrest of Dereck Chauvin, his charge has been upgraded and the 3 other police officers have finally been charged for the role they played in George Floyd's death.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to read more about the charges they are facing...
Let's start from the beginning.
via: GettyLast week, on Monday, May 25th, a defenseless and unarmed black man was killed while in a police restraint.
George Floyd was arrested and forced to the ground...
this man, #GeorgeFloyd did not deserve to die. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/w405ouIk5V— moon (@moon)1590639498.0
Footage of George's "arrest" quickly circulated on social media...
via: TwitterAnd, in the highly distressing scenes, he could be heard begging with the officers to release him and repeatedly saying "Please, please... I can't breathe."
After nearly ten minutes, George was completely unresponsive.
SAY HIS NAME. GEORGE FLOYD. HE WAS AN INNOCENT MAN, AND HE WAS MURDERED. HE COULDN’T BREATHE, AND HE BEGGED FOR HIS… https://t.co/7WNH4pzDLY— 🐌 (@🐌)1590620093.0
George died unlawfully at the hands of these officers.
via: GettyThe independent autopsy confirmed that he had passed away as a result of "asphyxiation from sustained pressure." This pressure had cut off blood flow to his brain, the autopsy concluded.
This kind of unjust police brutality towards black men and women has been happening for centuries now...
via: GettyBut George's death has sparked an outrage like never before.
Thousands upon thousands of people have been taking to the streets in protest...
via: GettyAnd they are all marching for one thing: For the blatant racism and injustice in this country to be brought to an end.
Things were quick to turn violent.
via: GettyProtesters became interweaved with rioters and, as they continue to clash with police, the scenes unfolding across our country have been becoming steadily more violent.
It is a truly terrifying time.
via: GettyBut change needs to be done and, at the moment, this seems like the only way to make it happen.
But, remarkably, they seem to be working.
BLACK WOMEN MATTER. BLACK MEN MATTER. BLACK CHILDREN MATTER. BLACK FAMILIES MATTER. BLACK POSSIBILITIES MATTER.… https://t.co/y6dlDWKPN3— a gem (@a gem)1591104461.0
Everyone is talking about it.
I love seeing my instagram timeline. #BlackOutTuesday https://t.co/M5fv9Rm5RT— Coral (@Coral)1591104295.0
Yet, despite the global attention George's death has gained, justice is yet to be served.
via: GettyIn the days following the incident, there was an overwhelming demand for the 4 police officers involved - Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - to face criminal charges for their actions.
The day after George's death, it was announced that all 4 officers had been fired.
via: GettyBut there was still no sign of any criminal charges.
Steadily, the anger began to build...
Apparently, at this moment, #DerekChauvin is hiding in his home trying to get food delivered. Imagine if a video of… https://t.co/gCCwFsS9Yy— Richard Marx (@Richard Marx)1590622294.0
The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, even called for the officers' arrest.
via: Getty“Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?" Frey asked during a press conference. "If you had done it or I had done it, we would be behind bars right now, and I cannot come up with a good answer to that question."
The general mood of the public was overwhelming:
@AttorneyCrump Something is wrong with white cops,they just murder black men like it's hunting season.— Blessed24/7 (@Blessed24/7)1590503025.0
However, 4 days after George's death, some justice was served.
via: GettyDerek Chauvin, the man who had knelt on George's neck, was finally arrested.
Chauvin was taken into custody and was charged with murder in the third degree and manslaughter.
via: GettyHis bond was set at $50,000, and he is due to appear in court on June 8th.
But Chauvin is now facing an upgraded charge...
BREAKING: U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the first to publicly confirm Attorney General Keith Ellison's plan to file an… https://t.co/rl2qDJ6Tel— Theo Keith (@Theo Keith)1591207480.0
But what about the other officers?Let's not forget that, while Chauvin is the man primarily responsible for George's death, 3 other police officers - Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao - also played a significant role in the incident.
Chauvin may have been the one to kneel on his neck...But alternative footage from the incident shows that 2 other officers were actually kneeling on his back, while a 4th stood on and watched.
It is a total disgrace.
via: GettyAnd, as the days have turned into weeks, people have been growing more and more impatient to see these officers be put behind bars.
Ultimately, the decision lays in the hands of Minnesota Attorney, General Keith Ellison.
via: GettyEllison was recently appointed by the government to take the lead in the case, and had previously said that he had "every expectation" that charges will be filed against the officers, and that he hoped they would come soon.
The persecution of these officers has been a slow one, as Ellison explained:
via: Getty"We are moving as expeditiously, quickly, and effectively as we can. But I need to protect this prosecution. I am not going to create a situation where somebody can say this was a rush to judgment."
The Floyd family attorney has also spoken out about the likelihood of these officers being charged...
via: NBC NewsDuring a news conference Tuesday, attorney, Ben Crump said that George's cause of death was evidence enough for charges to be pressed. "The cause of death was that he was starving for air. It was lack of oxygen. And so everything else is a red herring to try to throw us off," he said of the alternate claims of his cause of death.
Crump is confident that the police officers will face charges for their actions.
via: NBS NewsHe explained: "We heard that they expect to charge those officers...We understand they will be charged. That is what the family is hearing from the authorities."
And today, we have finally got the news we have all been waiting for.
via: GettyAs reported by the New York Times, it has been announced that Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng, and Tou Thao have all been formally charged with aiding and abetting murder in the death of George Floyd. Dereck Chauvin is also facing an upgraded charge of second-degree murder.
Further updates are expected...
via: GettySo make sure to stay posted for this developing story.