Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin arrested in George Floyd's death: Updates

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MINNEAPOLIS – Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was arrested Friday days after video circulated of him holding his knee to George Floyd's neck for at least eight minutes before Floyd died.

Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington told reporters about Chauvin's arrest shortly after a news conference Friday. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., also tweeted that Chauvin was arrested.

The arrest comes after residents awoke Friday to smoke billowing, fires burning and police lining their streets after another intense night of protests following the Floyd's death. Police largely let protesters light fires and loot buildings into the early hours Friday before advancing through the area and creating a perimeter around the burnt precinct.

  • Vice President Joe Biden said he spoke with Floyd’s family: "With our complacency and silence, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence."
  • Floyd and Chauvin knew each other before the fatal encounter - they worked together at a bar, a city official and a bar owner said.
  • Floyd's family has hired a medical examiner to conduct an independent autopsy, their attorney says. 
  • President Donald Trump criticized the city's mayor, called protesters "thugs" and said "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Twitter later put a public interest notice on that tweet saying it violated rules about "glorifying violence."
  • A CNN reporter and crew were arrested early Friday and later released. 
  • There were also protests and rallies across the country. In Louisville, Kentucky, a protest to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, who was  shot and killed by police in March, turned violent. Seven people were shot.

Here's what we know Friday:

Biden, Obama speak out

Former Vice President Joe Biden, in a video address Friday, said he spoke with George Floyd’s family, saying, "It's time for us to take a hard look at the uncomfortable truths. It's time for us to face that deep open wound in this nation."