A Federal grand jury has charged the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd for violating his rights.
Derek Chauvin and three other police officers were indicted by a Jury court on charges of violating the civil Rights of the deceased.
George Floyd’s death drew lots of outrage all over the world when a video of him been pinned on the floor by a police officer went viral. The video which was shot by a bystander sees Chauvin pinning him down on the sideway as the other policemen looked on. Later, two other policemen, Lahe and Kueng joined Chauvin as they sat on top of Floyd as Chauvin applied more pressure to his neck. This cruel treatment led to the death of George Floyd.
Chauvin 45, Tou Thao 36, and J. Alexander 27, were each charged with two counts of deprivation of Rights under color of the law.
James Thomas 38, who didnot participate in the Criminal act was charged once with deprivation of rights under color of the law by the U.S Department of Justice.
According to the charges brought, “Chauvin willfully deprived George of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States to be free from an unreasonable force by a police officer”.
This is coming weeks after a Minneapolis Jury convicted Chauvin of second and third degree murder, as well as second degree manslaughter, after hearing evidence that he out his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds.
In a separate two count, Chauvin was also charged with allegedly violating the civil rights of a then 14years boy on Sept 4, 2017.
Persecutors of Floyd’s case wanted to introduce evidence about that 2017, 17 minute long incident between Chauvin and the young teen but the judge ruled against it.
Chauvin held the teenager by the throat and struck him multiple times in the head with his flashlight. He also held his knee on the the teens neck and his upper back which led to bodily injury.
The indictments was welcomed by Rev. Al Sharpton who said the legal actions shows police brutality. He said, “this legal actions shows we have a Justice Department that deals with police criminality”.
“What we couldn’t get them to do in the case of Eric Garner, Michael Brown in Ferguson, and countless others, we are finally seeing them do today and this is a significant development for those of us who have been engaged in the struggle and police reform movement”.
His former colleagues, Thao, Kueng, and Lane will be brought to trial later this year.