Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is increasing the charges in George Floyd's Death.
According to Minneapolis TV outlet KSTP, the AG is expected to level charges against ALL of the officers on the scene of Floyd's death - Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J Alexander Kueng. While as of this writing, specific charges have not been announced, they are expected to be charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder
George Floyd was killed a week ago in a confrontation with police after he used a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for groceries. Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for over eight minutes, while Floyd laid on the ground screaming "I can't breathe".
The death has sparked a week of protests, both peaceful and violent, in cities all around the country, including here in Nashville last weekend.
Chauvin, who was originally charged with third-degree murder, is also expected to now be facing second-degree murder charges. The third-degree charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years. A second-degree charge is harder to level but carries a longer maximum sentence. It would require proof of intent in the eyes of a jury.
Senator and former Presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has weighed in on the proceedings in her state
This is on the heels of the state launching a full investigation into the entire Minneapolis Police Department.
Even if a jury is unable to prove intent to support the second-degree murder charge, they would be allowed to fall back to the third-degree charges in that scenario.
This is a still-developing story, with official announcements from the Minnesota AG's office expected soon.