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UPDATE: George Floyd’s family issues statement following arrest of former officer

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MINNEAPOLIS (KTTC) -- Minnesota officials have confirmed that Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced on Friday that there may be additional charges later.

Chauvin is a former Minneapolis police officer who was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, Chauvin had his knee on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, and for two minutes and 53 seconds of this time, Floyd was unresponsive.

"Police are trained that this type of restraint with a subject in a prone position is inherently dangerous," the complaint said. Read the full criminal complaint here.

Since the video was shared online, protests have broken out in multiple cities across the United States with many people demanding that the officers involved be arrested. Some demonstrations turned violent, with some businesses and buildings in the Twin Cities engulfed in flames overnight on Thursday.

Freeman said this is the fastest his office has ever charged a police officer.

The family of George Floyd and civil rights attorney Ben Crump who is representing them have released a statement in response to the arrest.

"The arrest of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the brutal killing of George Floyd is a welcome but overdue step on the road to justice," the statement reads. "We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge. And we want to see the other officers arrested. We call on authorities to revise the charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer."

The statement went on to say "The pain that the black community feels over this murder and what it reflects about the treatment of black people in America is raw and is spilling out onto streets across America."

The letter went on to say Floyd's family expects to see the other officers arrested and charged soon and said they need Minneapolis, and cities across the United States, "to fix the policies and training deficiencies that permitted this unlawful killing."

See the full statement here:

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz also issued a statement on Friday afternoon, tweeting out that Chauvin's arrest "is a good first step toward justice for George Floyd. But it doesn't change the systemic problems and persistent inequities that led to his death or the pain our communities live with every day."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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