On Friday, a federal grand jury in Minneapolis indicted retired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and three others in connection with George Floyd’s death for violating his civil rights.
The first three-count indictment charges Chauvin and former officers Tou Thao, 35, J. Alexander Kueng, 27, and Thomas Lane, 38, with behaving under colour of statute by wilfully depriving Floyd of his civil rights.
Although one account suspects Chauvin of using excessive brutality against Floyd, another alleges that Thao and Kueng purposefully refused to try to protect Chauvin.
All four were accused of failing to render medical aid.
The second two-count indictment deals with an incident involving Chauvin on Sept. 4, 2017, when he’s accused of holding a teenager by the throat and striking him multiple times in the head.
The second count accuses Chauvin of placing his knee on the teen’s neck after he stopped resisting.
“The charges announced today are separate from the Justice Department’s civil pattern or practice investigation into the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
The indictments released on Friday would be handled separately from any conclusions from the Minneapolis Police Department enquiry, which was announced last month. According to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, the report will delve at Minneapolis police activities.
On April 20, Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree homicide by a state jury in Floyd’s case. He has not yet been executed.
Chauvin has since lodged an appeal, requesting a retrial. His counsel claims that due to high-profile exposure before the matter was taken to the judge, he did not get a fair trial.