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Three other George Floyd cops are CHARGED with aiding and abetting murder

The three other cops involved in George Floyd's killing have been charged with aiding and abetting murder, and Derek Chauvin - the cop who knelt on Floyd's neck - has had his third degree murder charge elevated to a second degree murder charge. 

Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck in Minneapolis on Monday for eight minutes and 46 seconds. 

Court records show Chauvin was charged with second degree murder on Wednesday. He now faces 40 years behind bars.  

Other records showed the other three police officers had been charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder. That also carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.   

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is expected to give a press conference announcing the charges imminently. 

 Thomas Lane, J.A. Kueng and Tou Thao were all present when Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck in Minneapolis on Monday for eight minutes and 46 seconds. The Minnesota AG is due to announce that he has charged them with aiding and abetting murder 

Another angle of the infamous video shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd's neck and the three other cops right beside him 

On Wednesday afternoon, Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted that the three other cops had been charged but she did not reveal what the charges were

The Star Tribune has reported that the three others are being charged with aiding and abetting murder, and that Chauvin's charge has been upgraded.  

All four cops were fired but the three others were not charged initially, to the dismay of Floyd and protesters around the world who say they are just as complicit because they did nothing to prevent Floyd's death. 

Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. His charges may be made more severe, the AG said earlier this week 

After Klobuchar tweeted, Benjamin Crump, the Floyd family lawyer, tweeted that it was a 'bittersweet moment'.

'This is a bittersweet moment. 

'We are deeply gratified that AGEllison took decisive action, arresting & charging ALL the officers involved in #GeorgeFloyd 's death & upgrading the charge against Derek Chauvin to felony second-degree murder. #JusticeForGeorge.' 

The case was taken out of the hands of Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and handed over to Minnesota AG Keith Ellison earlier this week after a groundswell of outrage over how the case had been handled to date.

Ellison's office vowed to carry out a full overhaul of the investigation, including whether or not Chauvin's charges should be upgraded from third degree murder to first degree murder.  

A spokesman for his office did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's inquiries. 

The new development came as Floyd's adult son - Quincy Mason Floyd - visited the site where his father died with the family's lawyer, Benjamin Crump. 

Floyd, 46, died last Monday

Crump also told reporters that he'd been informed a decision on the case had been reached. 

Both Chauvin and Thao had been complained about for their use of force in the past. 

Tou Thao, was part of a $25,000 out of court settlement after being sued for using excessive force in 2017. 

A lawsuit obtained by the DailyMail.com shows Thao was sued for using excessive force in arrest where he was accused of punching and kicking a handcuffed suspect 'until his teeth broke'.     

In 2006 Derek Chauvin, 44, was one of six officers connected to the death of Wayne Reyes.   Reyes, 42 was killed by officers after allegedly pulling a shotgun on the six cops, which included Chauvin.     

Two years later Chauvin was investigated for his role in the 2008 shooting of Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. 

Toles was wounded after police said he went for an officer’s gun and Chauvin shot him. And in 2011 23-year-old Leroy Martinez was shot and injured during a chase given by officers including Chauvin. Lane and Keung are reportedly rookies. 

The announcement on Wednesday comes after more than a week of civil unrest across the United States which has seen thousands of peaceful protests, a social media blackout in the name of racial justice, and out-of-control looting and violence. 

Quincy Mason Floyd, George Floyd's son, (center) kneels at the spot where he died last Monday 

Quincy kneeling at the site where his father died on Wednesday afternoon 

George Floyd's adult son Quincy Mason Floyd (pictured center) visited the site where his father died in Minneapolis last Monday 

The unrest began last week in Minneapolis - where Floyd was killed - but it quickly spread across the nation and sparked conversations of police brutality and racial inequality around the world. 

Floyd was accused of using a forged $20 bill to pay for something when the police were called on him. 

The 46-year-old father begged for his life as Chauvin knelt on his neck without flinching. 

The three other cops held Chauvin restrain him despite him pleading for breath and saying his chest and neck hurt. 

A video of the incident that was filmed by disgusted bystanders went viral and sparked the investigation into the police officers. 

Initially, they were only fired. Chauvin was then charged but unsatisfied critics demanded the others be brought to justice.  

Timeline: George Floyd's death at the hands to Minneapolis police sparks nationwide protests  

Monday, May 25

Cell phone video shows George Floyd, handcuffed and pinned to the ground, with one police officer - Derek Chauvin - kneeling on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Two minutes and 53 seconds of this was after Floyd was unresponsive.

Floyd, 46, is heard pleading: 'I can't breathe', as he is arrested by four cops for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store. He later died. 

George Floyd (pictured) said 'I can't breathe' when Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for eight minutes

Tuesday, May 26

The death of Floyd, 46, (pictured) prompted several protests across the country

Four Minneapolis officers involved in the incident, including Chauvin and Tou Thao, are fired. Minnesota Mayor Jacob Frey says it is 'the right call'.

As calls mount for the cops to face murder charges, the FBI and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension launch an investigation. 

That night, the first of several protests over Floyd's death take place in Minneapolis, with protesters shouting: 'I can't breathe!'

These words echo Floyd's plea to officers but the phrase also became a rallying cry in 2014 after the death of Eric Garner, another black man who was killed in police custody during an arrest for the illegal sale of cigarettes.

Wednesday, May 27

Protests continue into a second night in Minneapolis and spread nationwide to Los Angeles and Memphis, Tennessee.  

As anger mounts, the protests become violent with one person in Minneapolis shot dead, stores are looted and buildings are set on fire. 

Police in riot gear fired rubber bullets and tear gas at the thousands of protesters demanding justice for Floyd. 

Mayor Frey called for the officer's to be charged and said 'I want to see justice for George Floyd.' 

It is revealed Chauvin been subject to at least 12 conduct reports since 2001.  

Thursday, May 28

A third night of protests with demonstrations in Minneapolis, Memphis, Louisville, Phoenix, New York City and Columbus, Ohio. 

Protesters burn down the Third Precinct building while 500 National Guards are dispatched to the riots in Minneapolis. 

At least 70 New Yorkers are arrested after clashing with the NYPD.

Protesters in Ohio breached the city's courthouse and shots were fired at the Colorado State Capitol.  

Friday, May 29 

President Trump blasts ‘radial left Mayor’ Frey and warned ‘thugs’ that ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts’ on Twitter.

The phrase comes from former Miami Police Chief Walter Headley in 1967 when referring to ‘slum hoodlums’ who he believed took advantage of the Civil Rights Movement.

Trump warned on Twitter that 'when the looting starts, the shooting starts' 

Twitter flags Trump’s tweet for violating its rules about glorifying violence. It comes mere days after the president was fact-checked, sparking a row with the social media giant.

Black CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez is arrested on live TV while reporting on the riots in Minneapolis

Officer Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter over Floyd's death.          

Mayor Frey declares a nighttime curfew in Minneapolis that begins Friday at 8pm and extends until 6am Saturday

President Trump is reportedly rushed to the White House's underground bunker and Secret Service and George Floyd protestors clash 

Saturday, May 30 

At least 25 cities impose emergency curfews as protests and demonstrations continue into the weekend. 

11 states and the District of Columbia activate the National Guard as tensions flare. 

The National Guard is deployed to Los Angeles amid protests - the first time in nearly 20 years since the 1992 Los Angeles Riots

The National Guard is activated at the White House as Secret Service agents struggle control demonstrators in Washington D.C.  

Sunday, May 31 

At least five people are killed during protests in Indianapolis, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit and Oakland as around 140 cities hold a sixth night of protests.

Federal Protective Services Officer Patrick Underwood is shot dead outside a federal courthouse during late night demonstrations.  

The historic St. John's church, built in 1816, is set ablaze near the White House in Washington D.C. as more than 50 Secret Service agents are injured.

At least 40 cities impose emergency curfews in light of riots, violence and looting.

President Trump urges states 'get tough' by calling the National Guard to oversee protests  and demands 'Law and Order!'

Trump announces on Twitter that he will designate Antifa, a loose but radical far-left group, as a terrorist organization after blaming them for protest violence. 

The daughter of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Chiara de Blasio, 25, is arrested during a George Floyd protest in Manhattan. 

More than 250 people are arrested in New York City as six NYPD officers are injured and looters target luxury stores in SoHo 

George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests have spread internationally, with demonstrations in London and Berlin.  

Derek Chauvin is moved to one of the US's most secure prisons ahead of his first court appearance on June 8.  

MONDAY JUNE 1 

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison takes over the investigation and vows to carry out a complete overhaul of the evidence to examine whether the three other cops should face charges, and if Chauvin should face increased charges  

TUESDAY JUNE 2 

Ellison says he needs more time but that an announcement will be made soon and that his team is working round the clock. 

In the meantime, violent looting in NYC marred thousands of peaceful protests 

WEDNESDAY JUNE 3 

AG Ellison expected to announce charges against the three cops and elevate the charges against Chauvin from 3rd to 2nd degree murder which raises the maximum sentence he faces from 25 years to 40 years  

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