The three other officers present when George Floyd died ‘will be charged’ claims family attorney, as Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison weighs enhanced charges against Derek Chauvin
- Attorney Benjamin Crump says he believes charges will be filed soon
- Said independent autopsy found discrepancies ‘critical’ to the case
- Argued that pressure on George Floyd’s back also contributed to his death
- Floyd, 46, died in custody on May 25 after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on him
- Chauvin was arrested and charged, but widespread riots have continued
- AG Keith Ellison says he is reviewing the case to see if more charges are possible
An attorney for the family of George Floyd has said that he believes the three officers who were present when he died but have not been charged will soon face criminal charges.
‘We heard that they expect to charge those officers…We understand they will be charged,’ lawyer Benjamin Crump told NBC News’ Today show on Tuesday of the other three officers in the case.
‘That is what the family is hearing from the authorities,’ added Crump, a high-profile attorney who has also represented the families of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Crump also said that the discrepancy between the county autopsy on Floyd and an independent autopsy is ‘critical’ to the case in Minneapolis.
‘We heard that they expect to charge those officers…We understand they will be charged,’ lawyer Benjamin Crump told NBC News’ Today show on Tuesday
In addition to Chauvin, present at the scene were officers (left to right) Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane and J. Alexander Kueng
The independent autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden found that pressure on Floyd’s back contributed to his death, as well as the pressure on his neck from the knee of officer Derek Chauvin.
Fired officer Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter
Chauvin was fired from the force and on Friday he was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
‘I think it’s very likely the charges are going to be upgraded,’ Crump said of the charges against Chauvin.
‘Why is it when a white police kills a black person in America, we act like it’s such a difficult thing to charge them with what we would be charged with,’ he said.
In addition to Chauvin, present at the scene were officers Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.
None have been charged in the case, but Crump argues that the independent autopsy suggests that pressure on Floyd’s back also contributed to his death by impeding his breathing.
At some point during his arrest, video from the scene shows at least three officers pinning him to the ground, as another stands above.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has taken over the case, recently addressed calls to upgrade the charges against Chauvin
Derek Chauvin, a 44-year-old white cop who has since been arrested, was seen in footage kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes as the victim repeatedly said he could not breathe (incident pictured)
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who has taken over the case, recently addressed calls to upgrade the charges against Chauvin.
‘What I can tell you is that we are going to take a fresh look at the evidence and all the other law,’ Ellison told NBC News’ Into America podcast.
Floyd (pictured), 46, died shortly after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes
‘And we are going to go with a charge, the highest level of accountability that we can that can be sustained by those facts and the law,’ Ellison said.
‘So you ask, is it on the table? The answer to that question is yes, it is on the table. And we’re moving as expeditiously as we can as you weigh the evidence and think about whether those charges should be upgraded.’
In a separate interview with Good Morning America, Ellison said that ‘all charges’ are on the table including first degree murder.
He said his office is working quickly to get through evidence and could see charges against three other cops ‘very soon’ but did not give a deadline.
‘I’m very reluctant to give a hard deadline at this point but we’re not talking too much longer,’ he said.
Floyd’s death inspired protests across the country, which again devolved into violence and destruction on Monday, the seventh straight night of unrest.
President Donald Trump responded with boast and threats to send in troops to ‘dominate the streets.’
In New York, looters smashed shop windows near Rockefeller Center and breached the doors of Macy´s flagship store on 34th Street, littering the pavement with broken glass.
A man could be seen running out of Paul & Shark on Madison Avenue and 61st Street clutching piles of clothing. Smashed glass covered the floor after the storefront was smashed
The Lego Store next to Madison Square Park was also hit. One person could be seen running out with large boxes last night
Pictured are just some of the Manhattan stores hit by looters on Monday night
An SUV plowed into a group of officers at a demonstration in Buffalo, injuring three, including a state trooper who suffered a broken leg and a shattered pelvis.
Demonstrations also broke out in such places as Philadelphia, where hundreds of protesters spilled onto a highway in the heart of the city; Atlanta, where police fired tear gas at demonstrators; and Nashville, where more than 60 National Guard members put down their riot shields at the request of peaceful protesters who had gathered in front of Tennessee´s Capitol to honor George Floyd.
Bystander Sean Jones, who watched as people ransacked luxury stores in New York over the weekend, said: ‘People are doing this so next time, before they think about trying to kill another black person, they´re going to be like, ´Damn, we don´t want them out here doing this … again.´’
The death toll from the unrest rose to at least nine, including two people killed in a Chicago suburb.
A 7Eleven is seen damaged after being set on fire during riots and looting overnight on Tuesday in St Louis, Missouri. Four police officers were reportedly shot in St. Louis overnight
A destroyed ATM machine is seen along Grand Boulevard in St. Louis on Tuesday
5th Avenue stores boarded up from aftermath of protests and looting in Manhattan
More than 5,600 people nationwide have been arrested over the past week for such offenses as stealing, blocking highways and breaking curfew, according to a count by The Associated Press.
Cities struggled to keep police in line and avoid instances of excessive force. The police chief in Louisville, Kentucky, was fired after a beloved restaurant owner was killed by police and National Guard members enforcing a curfew.
In Richmond, Virginia, the police chief said officers who used tear gas on a group of peaceful protesters would be disciplined.
An officer was shot shortly before midnight near the Circus Circus casino in Las Vegas. Police had no immediate word on the officer’s condition. Four officers were shot in St. Louis; they were expected to recover.
Trump, meanwhile, portrayed himself as a hard-nosed, law-and-order president, with police under federal command using tear gas to clear peaceful demonstrators from a park near the White House so that he could walk to a church and pose with a Bible.
Emerging after two days out of public view, he threatened from the White House Rose Garden to deploy ‘thousands and thousands’ of U.S. troops.
The photo op at the house of worship known as the Church of the Presidents was condemned by Episcopal Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde.
‘The president just used a Bible and one of the churches of my diocese as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for,’ she said.
A senior White House official said Tuesday that despite Trump’s threats, the goal was to pressure governors to deploy National Guard units. The president was not rushing to use the Insurrection Act to send in the military, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
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