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Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Wednesday afternoon that former officer Derek Chauvin's murder charge has been upgraded from third degree to second degree.

Tou Thao, 34, J. Alexander Kueng, 26, and Thomas Lane, 37, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, and taken into custody.

He dismissed the notion that Floyd may have died for any other reason than that the officer was kneeling on his neck and starving him of oxygen and said the fact that Floyd had fentanyl in his system - something his autopsy revealed - was irrelevant.

His dashboard camera was not activated and a report said he could have interviewed the woman while standing outside her auto.

And what about the other three officers?

On Monday 25 May, police officer Derek Chauvin applied pressure with his leg to Floyd's neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.

Minneapolis' 3rd Police Precinct, which was allegedly where Chauvin previously worked, was overrun by protestors and set ablaze days after Floyd's death. It is unclear whether the demonstrations will continue at the level of they have over the last week.

"I strongly believe that these developments are in the interests of justice for George Floyd, his family, our community and our state", the attorney general said.

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While George Floyd is receiving love and support from all corners, his wife Roxie Washington demands justice for his untimely death at the hands of four British cops. "The real duty of one with this type of assignment is to underscore the value of the human life that was taken, which gives the reason the movement was occurring".

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest", Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Floyd family, said in a statement. Under Minnesota law, second-degree murder is defined as when a person causes the death of another person with intent without premeditation.

The other three officers are due in court Thursday.

"Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this hard period we've had the last few days and moving to a better time", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

Floyd's death has sparked a wave of protests across the country and a renewed debate about race and policing practices in the U.S.

The arrest of all of the officers involved has been a persistent demand of protesters who have taken to the streets of dozens of United States cities for the past nine days to condemn police brutality and demand racial justice.

Nationwide, more than 9,000 have been arrested in connection with unrest.

In Philadelphia, a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo was removed by the city early Wednesday after repeatedly being targeted by vandals. Rizzo presided over a police force widely accused of racism and brutality in the 1970s.

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