Cop who knelt on George Floyd’s neck has been charged with third-degree murder

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THE police officer filmed kneeling on George Floyd's neck while he was in handcuffs has been charged with third-degree murder.

Derek Chauvin was also charged with manslaughter following his arrest on Friday.

However, officials have said that more charges are possible, according to a CityNews reporter.

Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar tweeted: "Police officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and is in custody for the murder of George Floyd.

"The first step towards justice."

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told the Associated Press that state investigators arrested Chauvin.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a press conference on Friday: "This is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer - usually these cases can take nine months to a year."

Freeman also said "I anticipate charges" against the three other officers involved.

In response to the arrest, the family of Floyd and their attorney Ben Crump, released a statement on Friday.

READ MORE: George Floyd death cop Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder after kneeling on dad during arrest

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