MINNEAPOLIS, MN (KBTV) – A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, that’s according to the associated press.
The ex cops are accused of violating the Floyd’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.
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.
Chauvin was convicted last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death. He is currently in Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison as he awaits sentencing. The other three former officers are out on bond as they face a state trial in August.
On May 25, 46 year old George Floyd died after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck. At that moment, Floyd was handcuffed and told Chauvin many times he couldn’t breathe. Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd. According to state prosecutors, Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. State prosecutors also say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint.