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Floyd Cops will be retried on federal civil rights charges
The four former Minneapolis police officers who were implicated in George Floyd’s death are on trial again after a federal grand jury indicted them on Friday for civil rights violations. The officers – Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas K. Lane and J. Alexander Kueng – were charged with disfranchisement while serving as law enforcement officers. The officers violated Floyd’s right to be “free from unreasonable confiscation” and excessive violence, according to the indictment, which was unsealed on Friday. They are also charged with failing to provide medical care to Floyd while he was arrested on May 25, 2020. “The three-count indictment alleges that all four defendants, while acting under the color of the law, deliberately deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights,” the Justice Department said in a press release. The maximum sentence for the indictment on Friday is life in prison. “Today We Can Breathe”: The George Floyd Family Celebrates Derek Chauvin’s conviction of murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. The three other ex-cops will be tried in August on separate charges of aiding and abetting chauvin. The new federal charges mean all four will face additional trial over Floyd’s death. Jonathan Smith, the executive director of the Washington Civil Rights and Urban Affairs Committee of Lawyers, told The Daily Beast that while it was “not shocked” to file it ahead of Chauvin’s conviction in June, the ruling shows that this case has enough federal interest and in What matters to the country’s landscape is that it was time to act now, ”said Smith. He speculated that Chauvin’s colleagues might be looking for pleading deals soon, and the DOJ “must be feeling pretty safe”. “I don’t know what the defenders are thinking about right now. The federal fees on top of the state fees provide an added incentive to try and find a global solution because even if they find a way to be successful in the state case, they still have the federal case, ”he said. Friday’s indictment alleged the four officers “saw George Floyd lying on the floor, clearly in need of medical attention, and deliberately not helping Floyd, deliberately indifferent to a significant risk of harm to Floyd.” Thao and Kueng are also separately charged with knowing that Chauvin was holding his knee to Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and not resisting. They “deliberately failed to intervene to stop the use of inappropriate force by the defendant Chauvin,” the indictment reads. In a nerve-wracking video that went viral last year, Floyd can be heard pleading for his mother several times and saying, “I can’t breathe.” Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, unsealed Friday after arresting a 14-year-old boy in 2017 for using a similar neck brace. The second indictment accuses him of “deliberately robbing” the boy afterwards. He held him “by the neck” and hit him several times in the head with a flashlight. Chauvin also held his knee at the boy’s back and neck while the boy was handcuffed to the floor. Last November, prosecutors asked a judge to allow them to show footage of the boy’s arrest in Chauvin’s 2021 trial – as evidence of an obvious pattern of violence – but they were denied. The footage, they said at the time, began after Chauvin and a colleague responded to a call about domestic violence. It shows the police officers yelling at the teenager who was lying on the floor on his cell phone to get up because he was arrested. When the boy refused, Chauvin hit him in the back of the head at least twice and grabbed his neck, prosecutors said. He then put the boy in a prone position for about 17 minutes – despite pleading that he couldn’t breathe and his mother trying to intervene – until paramedics arrived. Floyd’s family lawyers applauded the charges on Friday, saying that this “adds strength and strength to the wisdom of the United States Constitution” after “hundreds of years of American history in which, unfortunately, black Americans have not received equal justice. “We are encouraged by these allegations and striving to continue to see justice in this historic case that will affect black citizens and citizens of All Americans for generations to come,” the statement said. “Today we can breathe again . Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement Friday that the state continues to plan to prosecute Kueng, Lane and Thao in August for aiding and abetting and inciting crime. Friday’s charges are also separate from a Department of Justice investigation into the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police Department that Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on April 21. “The federal government has a responsibility to protect the civil rights of every American and to exercise justice to the fullest extent of federal law,” he said. “Federal prosecution for violating George Floyd’s civil rights is perfectly appropriate, especially now that Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder under Minnesota law for the murder of George Floyd.” Floyd was arrested on May 25, 2020 after using a suspected fake $ 20 bill in a supermarket. His final petitions, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry around the world that rekindled the Black Lives Matter movement and sparked a new reckoning of race and police brutality. “Chauvin held his left knee over George Floyd’s neck and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm as George Floyd was handcuffed and unresisted on the floor, holding his knees against Floyd’s neck and body, even after Floyd stopped responding”, it says in the indictment on Friday. During the four-week trial of Chauvin, prosecutors argued that he “betrayed” his badge when he ignored Floyd’s requests for help and used excessive, lethal force that was not part of his training. Chauvin’s defense that he did not cause Floyd’s death and acted sensibly in a chaotic situation was ultimately rejected by a jury. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.