The federal grand jury is suing Derek Chauvin and three former officers for violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights
A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers who were involved in the death of George Floyd. According to CNN court documents, the jury alleged the officers violated Floyd’s constitutional rights.
The indictment states that Derek Chauvin deprived George Floyd of the right to be free from “improper seizure, which includes the right to be free from improper police force”. In the same case, Chauvin was also convicted of state murder last month.
Former officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were charged for failing to interfere with Chauvin’s use of improper force, according to the prosecution. All four former officers – Chauvin, Thao, Kueng and Thomas Lane – are charged with failing to provide medical assistance to George Floyd.
“The defendants saw George Floyd lying on the floor and needed urgent medical attention. They deliberately neglected to help Floyd and, in doing so, were deliberately indifferent to the significant risk of harming Floyd,” the indictment reads.
Chauvin was also charged in another incident in which he allegedly used excessive violence against a 14-year-old in September 2017. Chauvin reportedly kneeled on the black teen’s neck for 17 minutes.
According to the indictment, Derek Chauvin “held the teenager by the neck and hit him several times in the head with a flashlight.” It is also alleged that he “held his knee against the teen’s neck and upper back even after the teen was prone, handcuffed and unresisted, which also resulted in bodily harm”.
Derek Chauvin is due to be convicted of the murder of George Floyd in June.
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