Derek Chauvin, accused of George Floyd’s civil rights violations, and three other former Minneapolis police officers pleaded not guilty to federal charges Tuesday, AP reports.
running news: Chauvin, Thomas Lane, JA Kueng and Tou Thao were indicted by a federal jury for allegedly violating Floyd’s rights after they handcuffed him and pinned him down to the ground. Floyd’s death has ignited nationwide protests and calls for police reform.
- Chauvin was found guilty in April of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder in Floyd’s death. He is currently serving a sentence of over 22 years in prison.
big picture: According to the indictment, Chauvin violated Floyd’s rights to be freed from undue seizure and undue force by police. Thao and Kueng face similar charges for failing to stop Chauvin.
- They have all been accused of depriving Floyd of his rights by failing to provide medical aid.
- Kueng and Thao have requested that their tests be separated from Chauvin’s so that there is no “false bias” per AP. Lane also joined the request.
- Prosecutors argue that the officers should face trial together because the case comes from a single incident, the AP notes.