New charges have been announced against all of the sacked police officers present at the death of African American George Floyd in Minneapolis, the BBC reports.
The charge against Derek Chauvin has been elevated to second-degree murder, court documents show.
The other three officers face counts of aiding and abetting murder, the documents state.
Floyd’s death has sparked huge protests across the US against racism and the police killings of black Americans.
The vast majority of demonstrations over the past eight days have been peaceful, but some have turned violent and curfews have been imposed in a number of cities.