Officer accused of killing George Floyd faces additional murder charge. ‘It’s something. We really need something.’
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill Thursday granted prosecutors’ request to reinstate a third-degree murder charge. Chauvin, 44, is also charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Floyd’s death sparked weeks of protests and prompted painful conversations around policing and race.
The ruling is a significant win for the prosecution. It’s difficult to convict police officers in use-of-force cases, but an additional charge — one with a lower standard of proof — gives prospective jurors another option to convict Chauvin in Floyd’s death.