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Derek Chauvin, 3 other former Minneapolis police officers indicted on civil rights charges in George Floyd's death

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Four officers face federal charges in Floyed murderA federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers for civil rights charges over the death of George Floyd.

The indictment, unsealed Friday, accuses Chauvin, 45, of violating Floyd's rights by pressing his left knee against Floyd's neck as he lied facedown on the ground, handcuffed and not resisting. Chauvin pinned Floyd for more than nine minutes, as Floyd gasped "I can't breathe," and even after he became unconscious.

Floyd's May 25, 2020 death, captured in a viral video, led to widespread calls for police reform and months of protests over police brutality against Black Americans.

Two other officers – J. Alexander Kueng, 27, and Tou Thao, 35 – who saw Chauvin pinning Floyd to the ground were charged for failing to intervene. All three, along with a fourth officer, Thomas Lane, 38, were charged for failing to provide medical aid to Floyd.

The indictment came a few weeks after a Minneapolis grand jury convicted Chauvin of murder and manslaughter charges in a separate case. The other officers are each facing aiding and abetting charges and will be tried this summer.


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