- Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
- Kellie Chauvin, wife of Dereck Chauvin has filed for divorce
- 400 years of pent-up anger has triggered violence and rioting in the inner states
- The Dalai Lama condemned the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police and blamed it on racism
- Trump tweets "when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
The wife of Derek Chauvin (Former police officer charged with the manslaughter of George Floyd) has filed for divorce according to a statement from her lawyers.
Her attorneys gave credence to this news that reveals the marriage has hit rock bottom.
"This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd's death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin," Kellie Chauvin's attorneys said.
"While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time," they added.
Dereck Chauvin rose to international infamy In a video that has since gone viral.
Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for several minutes while arresting him on Monday. "Please, please, please, I can't breathe," Floyd can be heard saying in a video of the arrest. "Don't kill me."
"Relax," Chauvin responds.
Floyd became unresponsive during the arrest and was later pronounced dead.
Dereck Chauvin faces 3rd degree murder charge
Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced in a press conference on Friday afternoon. Chauvin and three other officers involved with the arrest were fired on Tuesday.
"This is by far the fastest we've ever charged a police officer," Freeman said.
The incident has triggered violence between protesters and authorities in Minneapolis while chaos and rioting spread like wildfire in inner cities and other states
Protesters demanding action over the death of 46-year-old George Floyd took over the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct late Thursday and set the building ablaze.
“This is 400 years of anger,” one protester, Justin Galbraith, told The Daily Beast as the flames sent smoke up into the sky.
Others in the crowd echoed that sentiment.
“There are so many innocent lives lost by the police. We protest peacefully and there is no accountability. So this happens,” demonstrator Cecilia Zwak said.
Floyd's family had previously issued a statement, calling for more serious charges against Chauvin.
"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. We expected a first-degree murder charge. We want a first-degree murder charge," the family said through their attorney, Ben Crump.
"And we want to see the other officers arrested," the statement added. "We call on authorities to revise these charges to reflect the true culpability of this officer. 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 on to the streets across America."
The imbroglio which has exposed the extremity of racism in America to the fore has been condemned by leaders across the world
The Dalai Lama condemned the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police — and blamed it on racism and discrimination he said,
“We see in the news channels, the media about discrimination on the basis of color or religion these days, and then there is killing due to that, and then there are some who even take it as a pride to be able to kill somebody,” the exiled Tibetan leader said during a webcast Friday
Trump has been irked by the chaos that had followed since the infamous incident that led to George Floyd's death and in an attempt to preserve the name of Floyd warned of harsh retribution.
The president of USA Donald Trump in a tweet yesterday said he would "send in the National Guard", and followed that up with a warning that
"when the looting starts, the shooting starts."
That second tweet was hidden by Twitter for "glorifying violence".