MINNEAPOLIS: The police officer who sat on George Floyd's neck kneeling down and killing him on the spot was arrested on Friday and charged with murder. The death of George Floyd has sparked violence in Minneapolis and protests across United States.
Derek Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. He added the more charges were possible.
In the video that went viral, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd's neck as the handcuffed black man pleaded that he couldn't breathe. He gradually becomes motionless as Chauvin and three other officers ignore bystanders shouts to get off him.
The protests turned violent and on Thursday as rioters torched the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct near where Floyd was arrested. Mayor Jacob Frey ordered a citywide curfew at 8 pm beginning on Friday.
As unrest spread across dozens of American cities on Friday, the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty US military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis. Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders, a news agency reported.
The get-ready orders were sent verbally on Friday, after President Donald Trump asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.