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JUST IN: Officer Derek Chauvin Has Been Arrested, Charges Pending Officials Say

The state of Minnesota announced Friday afternoon that Derek Chauvin, the police officer seen pressing his knee on the neck of George Floyd shortly before he passed out and died, has been arrested.

Derek Chauvin, one of the four former officers fired for their involvement in George Floyd’s death, has been taken into custody today by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington.

Governor Tim Walz called the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protest that took place have been “one of our darkest chapters.”  However, he said he refused to let those who caused destruction to Minneapolis “take away the attention of the stain that we need to be working on” and pleaded with the community to help restore order.

Walz said that the “looting and recklessness” that occurred was not caused by those who wanted justice for Floyd.

“We have to restore order to our society before we can stat addressing the issues,” the governor said, later calling one of the issues “fundamental institutional racism.

He said that he would not “patronize” the black community as a white man, but asked the community to “help us use a humane way to get the streets back to a place where we can restore justice.”  

Shortly before noon, state officials held a press conference on the Floyd George case — leading with Governor Tim Walz (D) and Attorney General Keith Ellison (D), who urged for calm and an end to violent riots which have destroyed businesses in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

The state’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) Commissioner John Harrington spoke at the press conference but called reporters back to the room minutes after its end to announce the arrest. He said that the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) told him about the development.

This is a developing story.

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