Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, the former Minneapolis police officers who assisted in the Memorial Day arrest of George Floyd and stood by while Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck, are facing charges of aiding and abetting in 2nd degree murder.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has stated Minnesota AG Keith Ellison is also upgrading the charges against Derek Chauvin from 3rd to 2nd degree homicide.
"Ellison is increasing charges against Derek Chauvin to 2nd degree in George Floyd’s murder and also charging other 3 officers. This is another important step for justice," Klobuchar said.
Chauvin, a white police officer with 18 complaints filed against him, knelt on a handcuffed George Floyd's neck for eight minutes as Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe. Floyd's death caused a massive outbreak of protests that have erupted all over the country.
Ben Crump, an attorney for Floyd's family, called the family's reaction to the chargers was a “a bittersweet moment.” The family has pushed for charges against the three assisting officers and for Chauvin to face first degree murder.
“We are deeply gratified that @AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd’s death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder,” Crump wrote in a post on Twitter.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is scheduled to address the updated charges on Wednesday afternoon. Watch below.