DOJ Charges Four Ex-Cops With Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights During Fatal Arrest

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DOJ Charges Four Ex-Cops With Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights During Fatal Arrest

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A federal grand jury charged former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Chauvin, Alexander Keung, Tou Thao and Thomas Lang with violating George Floyd’s civil rights by denying him access to medical care and violating his constitutional rights during the May 2020 arrest that concluded with Floyd’s death.

Key Facts

Floyd, a Black man, was restrained after allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store in Minneapolis in May 2020. 

A Minnesota jury found Chauvin guilty of murdering Floyd during the arrest after he kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes as Floyd complained of not being able to breathe and being in pain. 

The DOJ prosecutors allege Chauvin, Keung and Thao will be indicted on two counts, while Lane will face one charge in the federal case.

Keung, Thao and Lane are facing criminal charges in Minnesota for their parts in Floyd’s arrest, and they will likely stand trial in August. 

Chauvin requested a new state trial on Tuesday complaining that jurors were given access to too much negative media coverage of Chauvin, and argued the court should have sequestered the jury during the trial. 

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