Derek Chauvin and three former Minneapolis police officers have been charged with violating the civil rights of George Floyd
Chauvin and 3 other officers allegedly violated Floyd’s constitutional rights during a deadly 2020 arrest
Four former Minneapolis police officers were indicted by a federal Grand Jury Friday on allegations they injured in the arrest of George Floyd during an arrest last year in which Floyd was violently restrained and killed.
Derek Chauvin, who crushed Floyd’s neck with his knee, is accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable force by a police officer.
The three men and Thomas Lane, another rather senior officer, will also be charged with failing to provide Floyd with medical care.
Chauvin also faces a 2017 incident in which he allegedly held a 14-year-old boy by the neck, hit her with a flashlight and squeezed her neck with his knee and upper back while in handcuffs.
Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s defense attorney, declined to comment on the federal charges.
Chauvin, a police officer for nearly two decades, was convicted of Floyd’s murder in a high-profile state trial last month
Lane, Thao and Kueng face a joint state trial in August.
Floyd was killed during an encounter with the four officers on May 25 last year after a grocery store clerk allegedly said he used a fake $20 bill.