Former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, J.A. Keung, and Tou Thao have been charged for their roles in the death of George Floyd. The charges against former officer Derek Chauvin have been upgraded to second-degree murder for allegedly killing Floyd by pinning him to the ground with his knee on Floyd's neck. Chauvin held Floyd down for more than eight minutes despite Floyd saying he was in pain and could not breathe.
Lane, 37, Kueng, 26, and Thao, 34, are facing charges of aiding and abetting murder. If convicted, the officers face up to 50 years behind bars. Officials said that one of the former officers has been taken into custody and they hope to arrest the other two men by the end of the day.
Floyd's death sparked protests around the world against racism and police brutality. Many of the peaceful protests were marred by looting and vandalism, forcing states to call in the National Guard to help quell the unrest.
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