Derek Chauvin, ex-officer accused of pinning down George Floyd, due in court

Hennepin County Jail By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News

(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Chauvin, the former police officer accused in the death of George Floyd, is due in court on Monday.

Floyd, a black man, died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Chauvin. He has not yet entered a plea.

The three other officers who were at the scene have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.

All four officers have been fired.

As Floyd was pinned down, his pleas for help, telling the officer, “I can’t breathe,” was caught on cellphone video by a bystander. Floyd’s death has sparked outrage, protests and calls for police reform in Minneapolis, across the United States and around the world.

Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, last week urged protesters to avoid destroying their own cities.

Floyd “would want us to seek justice” but to channel the anger “another way,” Terrence Floyd, told ABC News.

“If his own family and blood are trying to deal with it and be positive about it, and go another route to seek justice, then why are you out here tearing up your community?” Terrence Floyd said. “Because when you’re finished and turn around and want to go buy something, you done tore it up. So now you messed up your own living arrangements. So just relax. Justice will be served.”

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