Four ex-cops accused of George Floyd’s death will appear in court | Black lives matter
During his arrest, Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as police pinned him down the street.
Four former police officers accused of violating George Floyd’s civil rights are to be brought to justice Tuesday in U.S. federal court in Minneapolis during a hearing to deal with certain pre-trial motions.
A federal grand jury formally indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Alex Kueng and Tou Thao in May with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority when he was arrested and killed in May 2020.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, handcuffed and unresisting, was held face down by the four officers as Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, suffocating him. The incident was captured on spectator video. Floyd’s death has led to worldwide protests and calls for changes in policing in the United States.
Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder and was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. At Tuesday’s hearing, he and the three other officers face separate federal charges for violating Floyd’s civil rights.
The federal indictment alleges that Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and unreasonable force by a police officer.
Thao and Kueng are accused of violating Floyd’s right to be safe from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck.
The four officers are also accused of depriving Floyd of his rights when they failed to provide him with medical attention.
Kueng, Thao, and Lane are also on trial in Minnesota state courts starting in March for aiding and abetting Chauvin’s murder of Floyd.
Lane, Kueng and Thao demanded that their federal civil rights trial be separated from Chauvin’s on the grounds that any jury would be unfairly prejudiced against them if they went to a trial alongside him. US prosecutors have asked the court to hold a trial for the four.
During Floyd’s arrest, he repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as Chauvin tackled him to the ground. Kueng and Lane helped restrain Floyd; Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held Floyd’s legs, according to evidence in state court.
Thao restrained passers-by and prevented them from intervening during the 9 and a half minutes of restraint.
The US Department of Justice is investigating police practices in Minneapolis. The investigation known as the “model or practice” – examining whether there is an unconstitutional or illegal policing model or practice – involves a thorough examination of the entire police service.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, the top law enforcement official in the United States, announced on September 14 that the Justice Department would seek to improve its oversight of local police departments in the wake of criticism and criticism. reprimands from police chiefs that federal oversight has been ineffective.
At the same time, Minneapolis police overturned the arrests, according to a public data study by the Reuters news service. Almost immediately after Floyd’s death, police in Minneapolis virtually stopped doing roadside checks and approached fewer people they considered suspicious for fear that an encounter would become another flashpoint.
The US Department of Justice said on Tuesday it was blocking the FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies from using strangles to restrain suspects or executing no-home knocking warrants before coming in.
Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was shot and killed in her Louisville, Ky. Apartment in March 2020 by police officers serving a no-coup warrant. She was sleeping at the time.
The Justice Department is also conducting reviews of the Phoenix, Arizona and Louisville Police Departments following the high-profile deaths of Taylor and other citizens at the hands of police.