After days of protest and riots demanding justice, charges have now been filed against the remaining three former police officers who participated in the murder of George Floyd.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced the decision on Wednesday to charge J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao with aiding and abetting murder.
“To the Floyd family, to our beloved community, and everyone that is watching, I say: George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His life was important. His life had value. We will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it.”
These latest arrests come after last Friday’s arrest of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd pleaded “I can’t breathe.” His charge has since been upgraded from third-degree murder to second-degree murder. Chauvin faces a maximum penalty of 40 years behind bars if convicted.
According to arrest docs, Lane and Keung, assisted in restraining Floyd while Thao, acted as a lookout.
Two separate autopsies, one by the county medical examiner and the other performed independently at the request of Floyd’s family, determined that he died by homicide.
Many in the music community were pleased with the arrests, including Ice Cube, who has been vocal about the case since the disturbing video was released. He commended Ellison for “doing the right thing” and urged him to “follow through.” Meek Mill also tweeted, “Step 1!!!”
Trey Songz also praised protesters for their role in the arrests. “Never let them tell you how to use your voice,” he tweeted. “Your voice brings about change. This is why we march. Don’t let them convince you that You didn’t make this happen!”
Kueng, Lane and Thao are scheduled to have their first appearance in court Thursday afternoon.