A third-degree murder charge has been added against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the alleged killing of George Floyd.

Iran PressAmerica:  A former police officer on trial over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis will face an additional charge of third-degree murder in a victory for prosecutors who hoped to boost their chances of securing a conviction.

The new charge could offer an extra path to conviction and carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Derek Chauvin, 44, who was filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes last May, is already charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter charges which carry a maximum sentence of 40 years.

The death of George Floyd, an African-American man, occurred in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25, 2020. It has caused a lot of unrest in American cities.

George Floyd died at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. The video of Floyd pleading with the officer, who pressed a knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes until Floyd stopped moving, sparked widespread outrage and mass protests across the country and other parts of the world.


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