All four former officers involved in George Floyd's killing now face charges
thursday June 4th 2020
Derek Chauvin has now had his charge upgraded to second degree murder. The three other officers, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who helped restrain Floyd, and Tou Thao, who stood by were not initially charged, but more than a week later have been arrested and charged for aiding and abetting second degree murder.
Second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree murder are punishable by up to 40 years in prison. Manslaughter and aiding and abetting manslaughter are punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Benjamin Crump, the Floyd families attorney told Reporters "We cannot celebrate because an arrest is not a conviction and we want justice, we want whole justice."
Whilst this news is a step in the right direction the likelihood of Officers being convicted is extremely low. For example Officers in the US kill 900-1000 people a year. Yet between 2005 and 2017 only 93 Officers were charged with Murder or Manslaughter. Following that only 33 were convicted of a crime related to the shooting. Only 6 of those were convicted of murder or manslaughter, and four of those were overturned in appeals court.
As we know the problem is systemic, and whilst we can be hopeful for change, we also need to ensure we continue to stand together as a collective to make sure this moment, becomes a movement.
If you want to see what you can do to ensure these men are held accountable, head to The Grassroots Law Project