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Ellison's office announced Wednesday that Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, now faces an upgraded charge of second-degree murder and arrest warrants have been issued for the three other officers who were at the scene last week.

The three other officers involved in George Floyd's arrest were also fired but were not immediately charged.

Second degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in Minnesota, while manslaughter has a 15-year maximum sentence.

"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", Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Floyd family, said in a statement.

"The world came together for George Floyd", she wrote alongside an aerial shot of the throngs of protestors that gathered in Minneapolis where Floyd was killed.

Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25.

Earlier in the afternoon, Mayor Jenny Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best sat down at City Hall with protest leaders and longtime community activists to address the ongoing protests over police killings of Black people.

On Wednesday evening, activists in Athens, Greece started marching towards the US Embassy protesting against racism in solidarity with the American protesters over George Floyd's death. At least 12 deaths have been reported, though the circumstances in many cases are still being sorted out.

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'We will charge anything that the facts and the law allow. They have continued every day since.

Groshek said she believed there was enough evidence to charge Chauvin with intentional murder, but deeming it "unintentional" means prosecutors need only show Chauvin meant to inflict the harm that led to Floyd's death.

"These officers knew they could act with impunity, given the Minneapolis Police Department's widespread and prolonged pattern and practice of violating people's constitutional rights", his family said. Despite thousands of protesters gathering in the area, there were not major altercations.

Police stand guard as demonstrators take part in a protest in Uptown neighborhood of Chicago, the United States, June 1, 2020.

Some 4,000 protesters had been peaceful until near the end of the demonstration, when some threw gasoline bombs and stones at police.

Protests began to break out in cities across the country immediately.

Floyd's son Quincy Mason visited the site of his father's death on Wednesday and took a knee.

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