“Minneapolis police officer charged with murder”

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Minneapolis –The former Minneapolis police officer seen in a video with his knee on George Floyd's neck before the unarmed black man died this week was taken into custody Friday by state authorities, according to John Harrington, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, who was later charged with murder, manslaughter in the third degree, was taken into custody by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension as fires continued to burn from violent protests overnight as demonstrators demanded justice for Floyd.

Earlier today, Harrington said at a news conference: “At this point we do not have any further information on charging decisions. That will be coming from the county attorney, but we did want to let you know that he is in custody."

CNN has reached out to Chauvin's attorney and the Minneapolis Police Union for comment.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz pleaded for order. (CNN)