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Three other George Floyd cops 'charged with aiding and abetting murder'

The three other cops involved in George Floyd's killing are reportedly to be 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, multiple sources in Minnesota have claimed. 

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. 

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. 

She said Chauvin's charge had been heightened from third degree to second degree murder which alleges he intentionally killed Floyd without premeditation, and raises the maximum sentence he faces from 25 years behind bars to 40 years behind bars.

Aiding and abetting murder carries the same sentence of a maximum of 40 years. 

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. 

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

 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 

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.  

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 

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. 

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.  

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

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