On Thursday, a federal jury charged Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers with charges of violating George Floyd’s civil rights during the arrest that led to his death last year.
Chovin, 45, Tou Tao, 35, and J. Alexander Queng, 27, has been charged with two counts of disqualification under the law, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Thomas Lane, 38, was once charged with disqualification under the law.
In a video taken by a bystander and a local motion camera, Tao can be seen standing between onlookers and colleagues as they nail Floyd to the pavement. Lane and Queng were also spotted on top of Floyd as Chauvin exerted deadly pressure on the victim̵
Chauvin “deliberately deprived George Floyd of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, to be released from unreasonable force by a police officer,” according to the indictment.
Last month, a Minneapolis jury convicted Chauvin of second- and third-degree murder and manslaughter after hearing evidence that he put his knee on Floyd’s neck in nine minutes and 29 seconds.
Tao, Queng and Lane will be tried later this year.
The lawyers of all four defendants could not be found immediately for comment on Friday.
In a separate two-count indictment, Chauvin was also charged with violating the civil rights of a boy, then 14, on September 4, 2017.
Prosecutors in the Floyd case wanted to present evidence of that 17-minute incident between Chauvin and the 14-year-old 2017. However, the judge ruled.
“Chauvin, without legal justification, held the teenager by the throat and hit the teenager several times in the head with a flashlight,” the separate indictment said.
Chauvin “kept his knee on the neck and upper back of the teenager, even after the teenager was lying down, handcuffed and did not resist, which also resulted in bodily injury,” the indictment said.
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Reverend Al Sharpton welcomed the indictments and said the lawsuits “show that we have a Department of Justice that deals with police crime.”
“What we couldn’t get them to do in the case of Eric Garner, Michael Brown in Ferguson and countless others, we finally see them doing today, and it’s a significant development for those of us who have been involved in the struggle and the movement. for police reform, “added Sharpton, who hosts MSNBC’s” Political Nation. “
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John Sanders and Lauren Mamini contributed.