Federal grand jury indicts 4 ex-officers in George Floyd's death

Derek Chauvin, 3 Others Now Face Federal Criminal Charges : Live Updates: Trial Over George Floyd's Killing

Derek Chauvin, 3 Others Now Face Federal Criminal Charges : Live Updates: Trial Over George Floyd's Killing

Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death were indicted Friday on federal civil rights charges.

The indictment unsealed Friday accuses Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao of depriving Floyd of his rights under the law during the arrest on May 25, 2020, that left Floyd dead and touched off a wave of global protests. "The defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd", the indictment says.

A federal grand jury also returned a second indictment against Chauvin on Thursday in connection with a September 4, 2017, incident in which Chauvin allegedly held a 14-year-old student by the throat and struck him multiple times in the head with a flashlight.

Floyd's May 25 arrest and death, which a bystander captured on cellphone video, sparked protests nationwide and widespread calls for an end to police brutality and racial inequities.

Lane, Thao and Kueng appeared by videolink in US District Court in Minneapolis. Only Chauvin faces that charge. His lawyers have requested a new trial, saying that there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct and errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to the law.

Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force.

Along with that, the three officers and former cop Thomas Lane were charged with failing to give Floyd medical aid. Chauvin, who's awaiting sentencing on state convictions in June, remains in custody.

The other three former officers face a state trial in August, and they are free on bail.

Derek Chauvin, 3 Others Now Face Federal Criminal Charges : Live Updates: Trial Over George Floyd's Killing

The second indictment, against Chauvin only, alleges he deprived a 14-year-old of his right to be free of unreasonable force when he held the teen by the throat, hit him in the head with a flashlight and held his knee on the boy's neck and upper back while he was prone, handcuffed and unresisting. "This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd".

If Chauvin were found not guilty on all counts or the case ended in a mistrial, the Justice Department planned to arrest him at the courthouse on the federal charges, according to multiple sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record.

The Minneapolis Police Department is also being investigated by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights, which is looking into the police department's policies and practices over the past decade to see if it engaged in systemic discriminatory practices.

"The charges announced today are criminal, while the pattern or practice investigation is a civil investigation that will be conducted separately and independently from the criminal case, and will be handled by a different team of career staff from the Civil Rights Division and the U.S. Attorney's Office", the department said.

President Joe Biden's administration has made policing reform a major issue.

A juror in Chauvin's trial, Brandon Mitchell, said he partook in Black Lives Matter protests past year.

The Justice Department investigation has run parallel to the state's cases. All four officers were fired.

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