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Minnesota AG ‘to make significant announcement on charging other George Floyd cops TODAY’ after finishing review

A DECISION has been made on whether the police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest - which led to his death - will face additional charges, law enforcement officials have said.

The Minnesota Attorney General's office has finished its initial review of evidence, CNN reported, and will be making a "significant" announcement later this afternoon.

Derek Chauvin, who has been fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes, even after Floyd stopped moving.

Chauvin was charged over a now infamous video of him kneeling on Mr Floyd's neck shortly before he died during an arrest in Minneapolis.

He was detaining the 46-year-old dad-of-six on suspicion of forgery and pinned him to the floor next to the rear wheel of a squad car with his knee.

Mr Floyd is repeatedly heard saying he cannot not breathe, shouting "please, please" and "mama, mama".

He then goes silent and appears to go limp as Chauvin continues to press his knee onto his neck.

The man - described as a "gentle giant" by his family - is then taken away by paramedics and was later pronounced dead.

Former officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Keung, who helped restrain Floyd, and a fourth former officer, Tou Thao, who stood near the others as Floyd was being restrained, have not been charged.

"I am confident that these officers will be charged before people in Minneapolis say their final goodbyes to George Floyd, may he rest in peace," said Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family.

An independent autopsy by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson revealed that the cause of death was "homicide".
"Sustained pressure on the right side of Mr Floyd's carotid artery impeded blood flow to the brain, and weight on his back impeded his ability to breathe," a statement from Crump earlier this month read.

"The independent examiners found that weight on the back, handcuffs, and positioning were contributory factors because they impaired the ability of Mr Floyd's diaphragm to function.

"From all the evidence, the doctors said it now appears Mr Floyd died at the scene."

Baden added that there were no underlying health problems, despite the official autopsy claiming a heart problem likely contributed to his death.

The former New York City chief medical examiner said: "He was in good health. The cause of death is asphyxia compression of the neck and back.

Baden and Wilson's findings are "consistent with what people saw. There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to his death."

He added: "Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That's not true."

The first autopsy report was produced by the authorities, revealing that Mr Floyd had died at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

The autopsy "revealed no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation".

Chauvin faces up to 35 years in prison for over his "inherently dangerous" actions during the tragedy that has sparked riots and protests across the US.

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