Grand jury indicts four ex-officers involved in George Floyd’s death

Article Image Federal Grand Jury Indicts 4 Former MN Police Officers in George Floyd's death

A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man's constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

In addition to allegedly violating Floyd's rights, Chauvin is named a second, separate indictment filed on Thursday for deprivation of rights under color of law for allegedly violating the civil rights of a 14-year-old in 2017.

Floyd's death prompted protests against racism and police brutality previous year in many cities across the United States and around the world.

Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng appeared via videoconference in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis.

Chauvin, 45, was convicted of murder and manslaughter last month for his role in the May 25, 2020 death of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. 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. All four are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin's sentencing is set for June 25.

Chauvin, the indictment said, held his left knee on Floyd's neck, and his right knee on Floyd's back and arm, as Floyd laid on the ground, "handcuffed and unresisting", and kept his knees on Floyd's neck even after he became unresponsive.

The other three former officers face a state trial in August, and they are free on bail. Chauvin pinned the teenager down for 9 and a half minutes and struck the teen on the head with his flashlight, then grabbed him by the throat and hit him again, according to court documents. "This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd".

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"The federal government has a responsibility to protect the civil rights of every American and to pursue justice to the fullest extent of federal law", said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is serving as special prosecutor on the state's cases.

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. Floyd's young daughter met President Joe Biden on the campaign trial, and he often repeats her statement that her "daddy changed the world". To succeed, prosecutors must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Chauvin acted "willfully" to deprive Floyd of his civil rights and used force that was "constitutionally unreasonable".

Brandon Mitchell is one of 12 jurors who convicted Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

The Justice Department investigation has run parallel to the state's cases. The other officers face charges alleging they aided and abetted second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The Minneapolis Police and Peace Officers Association, which is providing legal representation for the four officers in their state cases, said it will be doing the same in federal court with the same attorneys.

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