New charges have been announced against all four former police officers who were present during the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody.
In a briefing Wednesday local time, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said that the charge against Derek Chauvin, a white police officer who pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes
has been elevated to second-degree murder, and the other three officers will face counts of aiding and abetting murder.
"Today, I filed an amended complaint that charges former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin with murder in the second degree for the death of George Floyd.Second, today arrest warrants were issued for former Minneapolis police officers J.A. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao."
Under the new charge, Chauvin would face a maximum jail sentence of 40 years upon conviction.
Floyd's death has sparked huge protests across the U.S. over the last nine days, with people chanting against racism and the police killings of black Americans.
The protests over the last couple of days have been largely peaceful.
Meanwhile, President Trump downplayed his previous remarks over the need for military resources to be mobilized.
This time, he reiterated the nation needs law and order, but said it's not necessary to deploy the military.
"Well it depends, I don't think we'll have to. We have very strong powers to do it. The National Guard is customary and we have a very powerful National Guard."
The comments follow Defense Secretary Mark Esper's remarks opposing the deployment of active-duty forces to quell civil unrest.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.