MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says arrest warrants have been issued for three Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd.
Prosecutors filed a new more serious charge of second-degree murder Wednesday against Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck.
"First, today I filed an amended complaint that charges former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree for the death of George Floyd," Ellison said. "I believe the evidence available to us now supports the stronger charge of second-degree murder."
And the three other officers at the scene are now also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
"The very fact that we have filed these charges means that we believe in them. But what I do not believe is that one successful prosecution can rectify the hurt and loss that so many people feel," Ellison said.
Bystander video showing Floyd’s May 25 death has sparked protests nationwide and around the world. Floyd's family and protesters had demanded that all four be charged.
"We gathered all the facts we could, we reviewed the criminal statutes, we looked at case law, we consulted with each other, and we arrived at these charges. We believe they are justified by the facts and the law," he said.