Minneapolis cop who knelt on handcuffed black man arrested

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Officer Derek Chauvin, Minneapolis police officer videotaped during the arrest of George Floyd, Photo Date: 5/25/2020
Photo: Darnella Frazier / Facebook

By TIM SULLIVAN and AMY FORLITI
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis officer who was seen on video kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died in custody after pleading that he could not breathe, was arrested Friday. Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said state investigators arrested Derek Chauvin. The arrest comes after three days of protests, which escalated in violence as demonstrators torched a police precinct that had been abandoned by officers. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz called for swift justice for those involved in Floyd’s death.

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