A sacked Minneapolis police officer who knelt on the neck of George Floyd, a black man who was handcuffed and later died, was arrested and charged with third-degree murder Friday.
"Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been charged by the Hennepin County Attorney's Office with murder and with manslaughter," the county's prosecutor Mike Freeman told reporters, specifying that the charge was murder in the third degree.
Freeman said that he does "anticipate" that additional charges could also be filed against the three other officers accused of involvement in Floyd's death, but he declined to address those potential steps.
The announcement came shortly after Chauvin was arrested and placed in the custody of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
An investigation into the other three officers who were present at the scene on Monday was ongoing. All four were fired from their jobs on Tuesday.