Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes as he exclaimed “I can’t breathe,” has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three other officers involved in the incident, two of whom restrained Floyd’s lower body and one of whom stood by as the horrific scene unfolded, have been fired but not charged.
“We heard that they expect to charge those officers,” Crump said on the “TODAY” show Tuesday. “And now with the autopsy, the independent autopsy from the family that pays particular attention to the two knees at the back compressing his lungs, which is equally important as the neck compression cutting off the flow of air … they will be charged, we understand. That is what the families are hearing from the authorities.”
“He was dying for breath,” Crump said.