Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested last week and initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder Wednesday.
Ellison also announced charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder against the other three officers at the scene: J.A. Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.
All four now face 40 years prison terms if convicted. Floyd's family want to see Chauvin's charge increased to first degree murder that could put him away for life.
Under this theory, prosecutors would have to prove Chauvin's intent was to assault, not to kill. If the facts show premeditiation and deliberation and we can present that in front of a jury in good faith, we will present that, ' he said.
Because that RNA can remain in someone's body for weeks after the disease is gone, the autopsy says, a second positive test after his death likely meant that Floyd, 46, was asymptomatic from an earlier infection when he died May 25.
'You take your victim as you find them.
He also said his office was confident in bringing charges against the other three cops because the evidence - namely cell phone footage of the incident - shows that they helped Chauvin by subduing Floyd and also did nothing when he cried out for breath. Peterkin said, "The memorial is about the life that Mr. George Floyd lived, and this is a time to embrace the family with expressions of love and kindness". "What I do believe is that one successful prosecution can rectify the hurt and the loss that so many people feel". "We're working together on this case with only one goal: justice for George Floyd".
'Even beyond policing, some of these problems have to do with inadequate housing, poverty and racist attitudes that Americans share that are not even in the police department.
"Last night we took a step forward in moving out of this hard period we've had the last few days and moving to a better time", New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Floyd's family, praised the new charges as "a significant step forward on the road to justice".
"We remember the long list of those that were killed unjustifiably by law enforcement and those that were killed unjustifiably because of double standards, bigotry and racism", Sharpton said in a social media post hours before the service.
Baden added that the four police officers who arrested Floyd should be tested, as well as some of the witnesses.
'Officer Chauvin said, "No".
Chauvin's initial court appearance is on Monday.
The coroner ruled the manner of death to be a homicide.
'We have a lot of high profile people coming.
'We want everybody to use their forces to say no more - we're exhausted of dying at the hands of the people supposed to protect us, ' he said.