Transcript for All 4 officers in George Floyd’s death face charges
Good evening. It's great to have you with us on this Wednesday night. The ninth night of protests across the country. And the major news, all four police officers involved in George Floyd's death have been charge. In Minneapolis, a cheer went up at the spot where Floyd died, when they received word that all four would be charged. At the same time, thousands marching in the streets. The this from New York City, also gathering not far from the white house. On the move in Detroit tonight. And in Los Angeles, massive crowds demanding justice. And Minnesota's attorney general saying he's seeking justice for Floyd and his family, because George Floyd's life had value. At the same time, he said convicting police officers is difficult. And president Obama and his message to young men and women of color. And there are breaking developments involving president trump and his defense secretary. We'll guide you through it all tonight. We begin with the new charges against the ex-officers. Alex Perez has the story. Reporter: As protests spread around the world, tonight, all four fired Minneapolis police officers now charged in connection with the death of George Floyd. We're here today because George Floyd is not here. He should be here. He should be alive. But he's not. Reporter: The state's attorney general increasing charges to second degree murder for Derek chauvin, the officer seen digging his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. Please, please, I can't breathe. Reporter: The other three officers, tou Thao, J. Alexander kueng, and Thomas lane, now charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder. George Floyd mattered. He was loved. His family was important. His life had value. And we will seek justice for him and for you and we will find it. Reporter: The complaint also says officer Thao got a hobble restraint but the officers decided not to use it, and instead, stayed on top of him. According to the original complaint, one of the officers said, "Should we roll him on his side?" But chauvin didn't do that. Floyd's family attorney calling the new charges a step towards justice. We believe this is the tipping point in America, where we finally address something they don't like to talk about. Reporter: The crowd erupting as word spread that the other officers were being charged. All four officers have been charged! We got all four! We got all four! Reporter: The autopsy commissioned by Floyd's family found it was a homicide, and that the other officers seen in this video restraining Floyd may have contributed to his death. The weight of the other two police officers on his back, who not only prevented blood flow into his brain, but also air flow into his lungs. Reporter: The official medical examiner's autopsy also found it was a homicide, but pointing to cardiopulmonary arrest that was complicated by law enforcement restraint and neck compression. But family experts say it wasn't his heart, it was the pressure applied by officers. The day started with Floyd's son quincy visiting the site. How important is change? What do you want to see happen? We need change. This can't happen to anybody else. Reporter: Quincy kneeling and praying where his 46-year-old father took his last breaths. Tonight, applauding the arrests. My father should not have been killed like this. We deserve justice. Reporter: And Floyd's bright-eyed 6-year-old daughter Gianna, speaking about her father to our Eva pilgrim. What do you want people to know? Kind of that I miss him. He played with me. Reporter: Gianna's mother Roxie Washington says Floyd loved his daughter and she's struggling to explain his death. She doesn't know what happened. I told her that her daddy died because he couldn't breathe. Reporter: But little Gianna does know about her father's legacy. He did what? Daddy changed the world. Let's get to Alex in Minneapolis tonight. At the growing memorial behind you, so powerful to hear from his little girl. And late today, the state attorney general said that prosecuting officers is always difficult. Reporter: Yes, he said extremely difficult. But they say with the evidence they're collecting, they feel they have a case. They're building a case where they will be able to get a conviction. This community here, David, now preparing for that big memorial tomorrow afternoon. Alex, thank you. As we said, protesters are
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