St. Louis, Missouri 2021-09-14 17:28:00 –
(CNN)-Four former Minneapolis police officers pleaded not guilty in federal court on Tuesday The crime that they violated George Floyd’s civil rights During his arrest when he was killed in May 2020.
Former officer- Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were placed in front of Judge Tony N. Leung in the US District Court in a federal civil proceeding through a video conference in Minneapolis.
Chauvin emerged from Minnesota’s largest prison in Oak Park Heights, a suburb of Minneapolis, and is currently serving a 22.5-year sentence for the murder of Floyd.
A federal grand jury charged a former police officer in May for violating Floyd’s constitutional rights during his arrest on May 25, 2020.
According to the indictment, Chauvin deprived Floyd of “unjustified seizures, including the right to be freed from the use of unjustified force by police officers.”
According to the indictment, Sao and Quen were also charged in connection with not intervening in Chauvin’s use of unjustified force. Chauvin, Sao, Quen, and Lane have also been charged with neglecting Floyd’s medical assistance.
According to the indictment, “The defendant was intentional at the serious risk of harming Floyd because he did not knowingly help him when he saw George Floyd lying on the ground apparently in need of medical care. Acted indifferently to. “
According to the Justice Department, Shovin was also charged in September 2017 with another indictment related to the alleged use of unfair force in 14-year-old Minneapolis.
Separately, Sao, Quen, and Lane have been charged in state court with aiding and aiding a second murder and a second manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They pleaded not guilty.
Floyd’s death caused national protests against police atrocities and racial injustice.
In a bystander video, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, was handcuffed by 46 years old, prone on the street, and was out of breath, telling the policeman “I can’t breathe.”
Sao, Quen and Lane were on the scene with Chauvin.
Federal crimes are separate from the civil investigation into Minneapolis police practices announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland in April.
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