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Derek Chauvin, already convicted of murder, and three others are accused of denying Floyd’s rights.
This combination of photos shows from left, Minneapolis Police Officers J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao (AP)MINNEAPOLIS: A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air, according to indictments unsealed on Friday. The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J Kueng and Tou Thao. Specifically, Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care. Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, stemming from the arrest and neck restraint of a 14-year-old boy in 2017. Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Kueng appeared via videoconference in US district court in Minneapolis. Chauvin was not part of the court appearance. Chauvin was convicted last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death and is in Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison as he awaits sentencing. The other three former officers face a state trial in August, and they are free on bond. They were allowed to remain free after Friday’s federal court appearance. Floyd, 46, died on May 25 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. Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd — state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, argued during his murder trial that Chauvin acted reasonably in the situation and that Floyd died because of underlying health issues and drug use. He has filed a request for a new trial, citing many issues including the judge’s refusal to move the trial due to publicity. Nelson had no comment on the federal charges on Friday. Messages left with attorneys for two of the other officers were not immediately returned, and an attorney for the fourth officer was getting in an elevator and disconnected when reached by The Associated Press. Floyd’s arrest and death, which a bystander captured on cellphone video, sparked protests nationwide and widespread calls for an end to police brutality and racial inequities. FacebookTwitterLinkedinEMail
The white former police officer was found guilty of the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd.
Ex-police officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes was found guilty last month of murder and manslaughter.Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has requested a new trial, two weeks after he was found guilty of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
In a series of motions filed to District Court Judge Peter Cahill on Tuesday, Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, said the ex-officer was deprived of a fair trial.
Nelson said there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct, errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to law.
“The publicity here was so pervasive and so prejudicial before and during this trial that it amounted to a structural defect in the proceedings,” the lawyer wrote in the motion, as reported by CNN.
Floyd’s murder was captured on camera and led to mass protests across the United States and around the world, with thousands taking to the streets to demand an end to police violence and racial injustice.
Chauvin, who was filmed on May 25 last year with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, faces at least 75 years in prison – and potentially more if the judge finds aggravating factors sought by the prosecution. His sentencing has been set for June.
During the trial, Nelson had argued that the jurors could be influenced by the news surrounding the trial, including comments by politicians on what might happen as a result of the verdict.
Judge Cahill had rejected those arguments but asked jurors to avoid watching the news. The jury was sequestered after the closing arguments were made in the case.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC, said Chauvin’s lawyer is contending that there were multiple problems with the trial, including that the judge refused to move the venue from Minneapolis.
The lawyer also asserted that there was jury misconduct, as one of the jurors reportedly attended a rally in the US capital to commemorate Floyd, Hanna said.
“Now it’s up to the Minneapolis District Court to decide whether or not to proceed with this complaint, or to investigate it further,” he reported.
Hanna added that an appeal was not unexpected, but said “this is such a high profile case that inflamed so many emotions, that any attempt to try and knock down this verdict is going to be met with deep public concern”.
Prosecutors last week had asked the judge overseeing the case against Chauvin to consider several aggravating circumstances when he sentences the former police officer.
State of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and lead prosecutor Matthew Frank said that Chauvin deserves a sentence stiffer than the state guidelines dictate because he held a position of authority and treated Floyd, a vulnerable victim, with cruelty.
The “defendant’s actions inflicted gratuitous pain, and caused psychological distress to Mr. Floyd and to the bystanders”, the prosecutors wrote, adding that Chauvin made “no attempt” to give Floyd medical attention.