A US Federal Jury Indicts Four Former Police Officers, Including Chauvin, For Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

A United States federal grand jury indicted four former police officers, including Derek Chauvin, for allegedly violating the constitutional rights of African-American George Floyd, who died last May in Minneapolis (Minnesota).

According to a statement from the Department of Justice, the four former police officers – Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – face the charge of failing to provide Floyd with medical aid, while three of them are accused of having violated the right of the victim to be released from excessive use of force.

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This indictment is separate from the charges they face in state jurisdiction, where Chauvin has already been convicted of murder, and represents another extraordinary decision against former officers, who do not often face criminal charges for the use of force with deadly consequences.

The court brief describes that Chauvin pressed his left knee against the victim’s neck, and his right knee on his back and an arm, while Floyd was handcuffed and offering no resistance, and that he continued to do so even when the victim had lost consciousness.

The grand jury holds that Chavin’s actions violated the African American’s constitutional right to be free from the unreasonable use of force by an officer, resulting in his death.

He argues that Thao and Kueng did not intervene to stop Chauvin, which also led to the death of the black man; and accuses the four of not having provided Floyd medical assistance.

In a separate brief, Chauvin is also charged with depriving another fourteen-year-old Minneapolis resident of his constitutional right to be free from “unreasonable use of force.”

Specifically, the text says that in September 2017 Chauvin grabbed the teenager by the throat and hit him several times on the head with a flashlight, which caused injuries.

These indictments come after Chauvin was convicted last month by a jury of second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, after being tried for Floyd’s death in a Minneapolis court.

The sentence is scheduled to be read on June 16 at 1:30 p.m. local time (6:30 p.m. GMT), although Chauvin’s lawyers presented a motion on Tuesday to request a new trial in this case.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck for more than nine minutes, triggering a wave of protests and race riots in the US not seen since the assassination of Martin Luther. King in the late 1960s.

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