Chauvin, three other officers face new charges for George Floyd death

Chauvin, three other officers face new charges for George Floyd death”

He was convicted last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter over Mr Floyd's death and is in Minnesota's only maximum-security prison as he awaits sentencing.

A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on charges of violating George Floyd's civil rights during the arrest that led to his death previous year, according to the indictment unsealed Friday.

All four officers were charged with failing to provide assistance to someone in "clear need" of medical care.

Chauvin faces a separate two-count indictment alleging he willfully deprived a 14-year-old Minneapolis resident of his civil rights during a 2017 arrest.

In the federal indictment, Chauvin is charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure, including the right to be free from unreasonable force by a police officer.

The video went viral and sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the United States and around the world.

Thao, Kueng and Lane, all of whom were fired and arrested days after Floyd's death, face state charges at a trial set for August 23 that they aided and abetted the second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter of Floyd.

A separate federal indictment charged Chauvin with using unreasonable force against a 14-year-old Minneapolis resident in a September 4, 2017 incident.

The new federal charges come in addition to the state's cases, which means that all four could face new trials in federal court.

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Eric Nelson, Chauvin's attorney in state court, declined to comment. They were allowed to remain free after today's federal court appearance.

Kueng and Lane helped restrain him - state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd's back and Lane held down his legs.

To bring federal charges in deaths involving police, prosecutors must believe that an officer acted under the "color of law", or government authority, and willfully deprived someone of their constitutional rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable seizures or the use of unreasonable force.

Previously, it was revealed that the lawyer for convicted murderer Derek Chauvin is seeking a new trial, saying that Chauvin's constitutional rights were compromised many times during the initial trial proceedings.

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.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the federal prosecution "is entirely appropriate". That's a high legal standard; an accident, bad judgment or simple negligence on the officer's part isn't enough to support federal charges.

Floyd, 46, died on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has prioritized cracking down on police misconduct since being confirmed as the nation's top law enforcement official in March, launching investigations into policing practices in Minneapolis and Louisville, Kentucky. They wrestled him to the ground and pinned him under their weight.

News of the indictments were celebrated by civil rights leaders and activists like the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network, who said in a statement the charges show "we have a Justice Department that deals with police criminality and does not excuse it".

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