Derek Chauvin, along with three sacked police officers will be facing new charges concerning the death of African-American George Floyd. Chauvin apart from charges on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter will also be charged with second-degree murder.

Previously, the other three sacked officers, Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were not charged. According to a BBC report, the charges against them would be on aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Despite the new charges, Benjamin Crump, lawyer to the Floyd family told CNN that Floyd’s family was dissatisfied with the charges. They believe that Chauvin should be charged with first-degree murder. They have been told instead, that since the investigation is ongoing, charges could still be subject to change.

According to a BBC report, first-degree murders are most of the time premeditated, while second-degree murders are more related to crimes of passion. In addition, the convicted person of second-degree murder could be sentenced to imprisonment for a term of up to 40 years.

Floyd’s death have sparked a lot of protests across the country.


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