The white Minneapolis policeman who pinned an unarmed black man with a knee to the neck before the man later died was arrested and charged with murder, a prosecutor said on Friday, after three nights of violent protests rocked the Midwestern city.
A former Minneapolis police officer has been arrested and charged with murder and manslaughter 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.
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.
Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman said Mr Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder.
He said he "anticipates charges" for the three other officers but would not offer more details.
Mr Freeman said his office "charged this case as quickly as evidence has been presented to us".
"This is by far the fastest that we've ever charged a police officer," he noted.
According to the criminal complaint, Mr Chauvin had "a depraved mind, without regard for human life".
Curfews have been ordered for both Minneapolis and St Paul, from 20:00 to 06:00 starting on Friday night and ending Sunday morning.
On Thursday, during the third night of protests over Mr Floyd's death, a police station was set alight. A number of buildings have been burned, looted and vandalised in recent days, prompting the activation of the state's National Guard troops.