What happened and where are the cops now?

George Floyd’s death last year shocked the world and sparked what is known as a race bill, including several protests against Black Lives Matter.

The first prosecution related to George Floyd’s death takes place this week – the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is about to begin.

The selection of the jury begins on Tuesday, March 9th, 2021.

But what happened to George Floyd? And where are the cops involved now?

Everything you need to know is here.


Protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration following the death of George Floyd (Photo credit: Vanessa Carvalho / Splash)

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Who Was George Floyd?

George Perry Floyd Jr. was a five year old African American father.

He was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina and grew up in Houston, Texas.

The avid footballer and basketball player also became a hip-hop artist.

George spent four years in jail after accepting a plea for a 2007 heightened robbery during a home invasion.

In 2014 he moved to Minneapolis and worked as a truck driver and security officer.

Unfortunately, he lost his security job during the pandemic.

George Floyd died while being arrested on May 25, 2020 when he was just 46 years old.

He left five children, two grandchildren and fiancée Courtney Ross.

George Floyd (Photo Credit: ABC News / YouTube)
George Floyd died in police custody in May 2020 (Image credit: ABC News / YouTube)

What happened to George Floyd?

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd walked into a Minneapolis grocery store.

When a salesman claimed he had handed over a fake $ 20 bill, four police officers arrived.

During the arrest, Derek Chauvin knelt by Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes and 46 seconds.

The footage recorded at the time shows George Floyd handcuffed and face down in the street.

Two other officers continued to hold him back and a fourth prevented the spectators from intervening.

George was motionless and had no pulse for the past two minutes.

The officers called for medical help but did not take any action to treat him.

Derek Chauvin was holding his knee to George’s neck when the paramedics arrived.

A medical examiner found that George Floyd’s heart stopped while he was being restrained.

His death has been classified as a murder caused by “cardiopulmonary arrest that complicates law enforcement’s subduality, restraint, and neck compression.”

George Floyd’s family commissioned a second autopsy.

It turned out that his death was a murder caused by asphyxiation due to compression of the neck and back.

The unarmed George told the cops in the minutes before he died, “I can’t breathe.”

Derek Chauvin mug shot (Image credit: ABC News / YouTube)
Derek Chauvin’s mug shot after his arrest (Image credit: ABC News / YouTube)

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Who are the cops and where are they now?

Four Minneapolis police officers were released and charged with the murder of George Floyd in June 2020.

The officers were Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao.

Derek Chauvin left prison after posting $ 1 million on bail in October 2020.

All four officers are now on bail and are free until their trial this year.

Derek Chauvin had been to the maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota.

George Floyd death: Derek Chauvin

Derek restrained George by kneeling on the back of his neck while he was handcuffed on the floor.

Fellow police officers arrested Derek and charged him with second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

Derek served with the Minneapolis Police Department for nearly 19 years, making him the highest ranking officer involved in George Floyd’s arrest.

The day after Mr. Chauvin was arrested, a lawyer told his wife, Kellie, that she had filed for divorce.

Derek Chauvin (Photo credit: ABC News / YouTube)
Derek Chauvin with the knee on George Floyd’s neck (Image credit: ABC News / YouTube)

Thomas Lane

Mr. Lane was one of the first two officers called over reports of a fake $ 20 bill.

At the scene of the crime, he approached Mr. Floyd’s car, pointed his gun at him, and handcuffed him.

He later helped Mr. Chauvin and Mr. Kueng hold Mr. Floyd down on the floor.

The police accused him of assisting and facilitating second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

Thomas Lane started working for the company only four days before Floyd died.

J Alexander Kueng

Mr. Kueng was there first with Mr. Lane.

He helped Mr. Chauvin and Mr. Lane bring Mr. Floyd to the ground.

The police accused him of assisting and facilitating second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

Like Mr. Lane, Mr. Kueng was relatively new to the police force, joining Minneapolis as a cadet in February 2019.

The police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd
The police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd (Image Credit: CBS News / YouTube)

Tou Thao

Mr. Thao stood near the other three officers while they restrained Mr. Floyd.

He stood between bystanders and officers and asked the former to keep their distance.

Superiors accused him of assisting and facilitating second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

The trial of Derek Chauvin

The trial of Derek Chauvin is expected to be one of the most significant police trials in US history and will be broadcast live.

Chauvin pleaded not guilty to committing second degree murder and second degree manslaughter.

The other three dismissed officers will appear on trial together later this year.

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