At that time, MacDonald also explained that officers “have the authority to use a certain amount of force when executing duties.” Though she said the case was a “top priority,” no charges were announced during that news conference.
In a statement, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office confirmed the discussion of a plea bargain. <br/> "There were early negotiations with the defendant (Derek Chauvin), between the Hennepin County Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Attorney," said Hennepin County Attorney spokesperson Chuck Laszewski in a statement to the Fox 9 investigators.
With those negotiations failing, Chauvin had been charged with third-degree murder. His charge later was upgraded to second-degree murder. Additionally, the other three officers involved, J Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Many considered the delay in charges for Chauvin and the fellow officers to be justice delayed. That delay might have fueled the violent, ravaging protests that occurred the night of MacDonald’s news conference and several nights after that.
Thousands across the country and globe spent the last two weeks rallying to ensure the proper charges were imposed upon the officers and contest the dozens of other deaths of black people in police custody.
Floyd, a 46-year-old former bouncer, died May 25 after Chauvin, a white police officer, put his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes as he lay handcuffed on the pavement, gasping that he couldn’t breathe.
Chauvin and the other former officers could get up to 40 years in prison.
During one of Floyd’s services, the Rev. Al Sharpton spoke about why his death had sparked such a need for a movement to “change the whole system of justice.”
“Time is out for not holding you accountable! Time is out for you making excuses! Time is out for you trying to stall! Time is out for empty words and empty promises! Time is out for you filibustering and trying to stall the arm of justice!” he said.