The former police officer who had his knee pressed into George Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes is now facing a second-degree murder charge.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison formally announced the new charge today during a news conference.
"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."
Previously, Derek Chauvin, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police force after Floyd's death, was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.