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Floyd family laywer hopeful charges against officer will be upgraded to first-degree murder

Added 05-31-20 11:57:01am EST - “The lawyer representing the family of George Floyd said he is hopeful the charges against the former Minneapolis officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck while Floyd said that he could not breathe? will be upgrade” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Floyd family laywer hopeful charges against officer will be upgraded to first-degree murder”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The lawyer representing the family of George Floyd said he is hopeful the charges against the former Minneapolis officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck while Floyd said that he could not breathe  will be upgraded to first-degree murder. 

Benjamin Crump said Sunday on CBS's "Face the Nation" that former officer Derek Chauvin likely knew Floyd ahead of the incident, which resulted in Floyd's death. 

“His family has been notified by the owner of a club that Derek Chauvin was an off-duty police officer while George Floyd was a security guard. And so they had to overlap,” Crump said. 

“And so that is going to be an interesting aspect to this case and hopefully upgrading these charges to first-degree murder because we believe he knew who George Floyd was,” the attorney added. 

Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he was fired from the Minneapolis police department. Three other officers who were fired have not been charged. 

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