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Protests turn subdued after new charges in Floyd case

Filed on June 5, 2020 | Last updated on June 5, 2020 at 01.03 am


Calmer protests followed a decision by prosecutors to charge three more police officers.

Demonstrations across the US to condemn racism and police abuses remained large but mostly without the violence of previous nights on the eve of a Thursday memorial service for George Floyd that kicks off a series of events to mourn the man whose death empowered a national movement.

The calmer protests followed a decision by prosecutors to charge three more police officers and file a new, tougher charge against the officer at the center of the case.

Also read: $750,000 bail set for each of the 3 ex-cops

The most serious new charge Wednesday was an accusation of second-degree murder against Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video pressing his knee to Floyd's neck. The three other officers at the scene were charged for the first time with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

If convicted, they could be sentenced to up to four decades in prison. - AP

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