A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. According to court documents obtained by CNN, the jury is alleging the officers violated Floyd’s constitutional rights.
The indictment says Derek Chauvin deprived George Floyd of the right to be free from “unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer.” Chauvin was also convicted on state murder charges last month in the same case.
Former officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were charged due to failure to intervene in Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force, according to the indictment. All four former officers–Chauvin, Thao, Kueng and Thomas Lane, all face a charge for failing to give George Floyd medical aid.
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“The defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting in deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd,” the indictment states.
Chauvin was also indicted in another incident where he allegedly used excessive force on a 14-year-old in September 2017. Chauvin allegedly kneeled on the neck on the black teen for 17 minutes.
According to the indictment, Derek Chauvin “held the teenager by the throat and struck the teenager multiple times in the head with a flashlight.” It also alleges he “held his knee on the neck and the upper back of the teenager even after the teenager was lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting, also resulting in bodily injury.”
Derek Chauvin is set to be sentenced in the murder of George Floyd in June.
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