Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin to second-degree murder in George Floyd’s May 25th killing and also charging the other three officers involved in the incident, according to a tweet from U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
Amid ongoing protests nationwide seeking justice for George Floyd, who died after Chauvin placed his knee on the back of the neck of the victim, who at the time was in the custody of the four officers:
Floyd family attorney Benjamin Crump earlier Wednesday implored officials to hold the officers accountable in powerful remarks at the site of Floyd’s killing outside of a convenience store, accordin to USA Today. The incident has sparked mass protests over questions of police brutality and racial inequality and has shaken the nation.
“We are demanding justice. We expect all of the police officers to be arrested before we have the memorial here in Minneapolis, Minnesota, tomorrow,” Crump said alongside Floyd family members. “Because we cannot have two justice systems in America, one for black America and one for white America. We must have equal justice for the United States of America.”
Newark on Saturday anchored peaceful protests around the state of New Jersey.
Palpable righteous rage from behind the COVID-19 masks of hundreds filled the streets this afternoon in a battle-scarred New Jersey city, scene of the 1967 uprising spawned by police brutality, channeling westward on this hot Saturday, to Minneapolis, Minnesota – a hard sense of solidarity.
“Brothers and sisters, we can’t be divided,” said Larry Hamm, founder of the People’s Organization for Progress (POP) and a progressive candidate for U.S. Senate. “We’re here today to march for justice for George Floyd.
“We want our people in Minneapolis, Minnesota to know, we hear you in Newark, New Jersey.”