Derk Chauvin, the agent who was previously involved in the arrest and death of 46-year-old George Floyd in the American city of Minneapolis, was arrested by the police on Friday. He is suspected of murdering the unarmed black man.

The agent was arrested on Friday by the Minnesota state police. Chauvin had eighteen complaints against him prior to Monday's fatal arrest, CNN reports . He can face up to 25 years in prison for third-degree murder in the state of Minnesota where he has been charged.

Chauvin, along with three other colleagues, was fired earlier this week after images of a bystander leaked from Floyd's arrest. The video shows officers holding the black man on the ground. Chauvin has his knee on Floyd's neck for minutes, crying that he is not getting any air. Floyd later died in the hospital.

It is still unknown if the other three officers will be arrested. An investigation into their role in the arrest is still ongoing.


Black American dies after heavy arrest

"Man resisted on arrest"

The officers say in a statement that they followed a report of a man who tried to use a forged document in a store. According to them, he resisted his arrest and then had a medical incident.

In Minneapolis, kneeling on a suspect's neck is allowed, provided someone resists an arrest. However, according to the lawyer of Floyds family, he did not use violence in his arrest.

Arrest leads to US demonstrations

Floyd's death sparked a wave of demonstrations across the country. In several places in the night from Thursday to Friday clashes between protesters and the police occurred. A police station was also set on fire.

The Colorado State Capitol in Denver was sealed off after shots were heard near a demonstration. The Ohio State Parliament Building in Columbus was stormed by protesters, including windows that were broken, and agents in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, were pelted with stones.

More than 40 protesters were arrested in New York, and in Minneapolis, police charged a CNN camera crew while reporting live demonstrations.

The Minnesota governor called on protesters to stop violent protests and looting on Friday. The National Guard is present in Minneapolis to restore peace.

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