George Floyd: 4 Officers responsible facing new criminal charges

George Floyd: 4 Officers responsible facing new criminal charges

- The four Minneapolis policemen implicated in George Floyd's death are facing new charged

- This comes as nationwide protests broke out across the United States in response to the controversy

- An officer already in custody is facing murder charges while three more cops were arrested

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Prosecutors have brought forward new criminal charges against the four policemen implicated in the death of George Floyd.

One of the officers was already being held in custody over the death of the 46-year-old, while three more were arrested for their roll in the murder.

Attorney General Keith Ellison, a black former US congressman, has called for bail of $1 million for each of the four ex-officers:

"This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd's body was laid to rest."

READ ALSO: African Union condemns George Floyd's death: Ramaphosa calls for unity

This comes after several nights of increasing unrest calmed to more peaceful protests. Thousands of protestors gathered near the White House, singing 'Lean on Me' before chanting anti-police sentiments.

Numerous major cities have scaled back or completely lifted the curfews that were imposed over the past week.

New York City saw police in riot gear facing down 1 000 protestors defying curfew, clubbing demonstrators and journalists alike despite the mostly peaceful display. reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the unsettling controversy as the Chairperson of the African Union.

Speaking during a special briefing with other heads of state, South Africa's leader commented that:

“As countries that have borne the brunt of racial discrimination over centuries, we need to work together to end the scourge of racial violence, wherever it occurs. By working together, we can build a peaceful, just, healthy and prosperous global community."

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