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Minnesota raises charge against fired officer in George Floyd case, charges 3 others

Derek Chauvin will be charged with second-degree murder

A cyclist passes a poster showing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd.   © Reuters

MINNEAPOLIS, U.S. (Reuters) -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will increase the charge against a fired Minneapolis police officer to second-degree murder in the death of an unarmed black man and level charges against the three other fired officers in a case that has led to more than a week of sometimes violent protests across the United States, the Star Tribune newspaper said on Wednesday.

George Floyd, 46, died after Derek Chauvin, a white policeman, knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans five months before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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