Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers, Including Chauvin, Indicted By Justice Department In George Floyd’s Death

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A federal grand jury indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd.

The new charges allege the four officers, including Derek Chauvin, deprived Floyd’s right from “unreasonable seizure, which includes the rights to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer,” CNN reported Friday.

Chauvin was found guilty in April on second and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Floyd. He has recently filed for an appeal through his lawyer, alleging his right to a fair trial was violated due to an impartial juror.

“The defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd,” the indictment read according to CNN.

Officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were also charged with failing to intervene on Chauvin’s use of force, CNN Reported.

Lane faces an additional charge for failing to give Floyd medical aid. (RELATED: Minnesota AG Keith Ellison Pushing For A Tougher Prison Sentence For Derek Chauvin)

The charges are separate from a DOJ investigation that focuses on practices within the Minneapolis Police Department.

Chauvin also faces a second indictment stemming from a 2017 incident, according to the Star Tribune, where he allegedly pinned a teenager down for nine minutes and struck him in the head with his flashlight, before grabbing him by the throat.

Chauvin currently faces 75 years in prison for his guilty verdict. The former officer was moved to suicide watch and separated from the general population due to safety concerns.