A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder following the death of an unarmed black man in custody.
Derek Chauvin, who is white, was shown in footage kneeling on 46-year-old George Floyd’s neck on Monday. He and three other officers have been sacked.
The fired officer has been charged with murder and manslaughter.
Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
He said he “anticipates charges” for the three other officers but would not offer more details.
Days of looting and arson in the Minnesota city have boiled over into nationwide protests.
The case has reignited US anger over police killings of black Americans
Protests erupt in cities across the United States over the deadly arrest of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, who was pinned to the ground by the knee of a white officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
An attorney for Kellie Chauvin, the wife of ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, has filed for a dissolution of marriage, according to a statement from the Sekula Family Law office.
“This evening, I spoke with Kellie Chauvin and her family. She is devastated by Mr. Floyd’s death and her utmost sympathy lies with his family, with his loved ones and with everyone who is grieving this tragedy. She has filed for dissolution of her marriage to Derek Chauvin,” the statement said.
“While Ms. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, she respectfully requests that her children, her elder parents, and her extended family be given safety and privacy during this difficult time.”
A Detroit police officer was taken to hospital after being struck by a rock thrown by protesters tonight, according to the city’s police chief, James Craig.
Another officer was on a bike when a protester in a car tried to run him over, Craig said. That person has been arrested.
So far, Detroit police have made nine arrests — seven of whom are from outside the city, according to Craig.
He added several police cars have been damaged.
“I will not stand by and let a small minority, criminals, come in here, attack our officers and make our community unsafe. Just know we are not going to tolerate it,” Craig said.