Murder charges of the Minneapolis police officer who was captured in a video with a knee to the neck of George Floyd  has been upgraded from third degree murder to second degree murder while the other three officers involved in the killing have also been charged with aiding and abbeting second degree murder.

Chauvin’s second degree murder charge was added to the third degree murder earlier today by the Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. He was arrested and charged on Friday after nationwide protests called for justice for George Floyd.

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Mr. Ellison took over the case as the lead prosecutor from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman who charged Chauvin with third degree murder. Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were the other three officers who participated in various degrees in the killing of George Floyd.

Superintendent for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Drew Evans said one of the other three policemen was taken into custody today. He said the other two are expected to be in custody by the end of Wednesday.

Chauvin’s new charge, second degree murder carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years while the third degree murder charge carries a maximum prison sentence of 25 years.

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