MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (WTVO) — Criminal charges against three former Minneapolis Police Department officers in the George Floyd case are expected to be announced Wednesday, according to the Minnesota Attorney General.
According to CNN, Attorney General Keith Ellison will be making an announcement at 3 p.m. CT.
The announcement comes a week after Floyd was killed in police custody, and a wave of nationwide protests of police violence against black citizens.
Floyd was stopped by police last Monday after he allegedly passed a counterfeit $20 bill at a Minneapolis business.
Former Officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in a widely-circulated video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes, was charged with third degree murder and manslaughter last week.
According to the Star-Tribune, Ellison is expected to elevate charges against Chauvin to second degree murder.
Three other officers were fired, including Thomas Lane, J.A. Keung, and Tou Thao. They are expected to be charged with aiding and abetting murder, the Star-Tribune reported.
Lane, 37, and Kueng both joined the department in February 2019 and neither had any complaints on their files.
Lane previously worked as a correctional officer at the Hennepin County juvenile jail and as a probation officer at a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys.
Kueng was a 2018 graduate of the University of Minnesota where he worked part-time as part of the campus security force. He also worked nearly three years as a theft-prevention officer at Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis while he was in college.
Tou Thao, a native Hmong speaker, joined the police force as a part-time community service officer in 2008 and was promoted to police officer in 2009. He was laid off later that year due to budget cuts and rehired in 2012.
According to the criminal complaint, Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck after he’d been restrained, and as Floyd pleaded that he could not breathe. Lane twice asked to turn him on his side, the complaint said, but Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for three minutes after he became unresponsive.
The state of Minnesota filed a human rights complaint last Tuesday against the Minneapolis Police Department
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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