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4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted the four former police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

5/7/2021 4:52:00 PM
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BREAKING: A federal grand jury has indicted the four former police officers involved in George Floyd ’s arrest and death, accusing them of violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd ’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air...

last month on state charges of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death and is in Minnesota’s only maximum-security prison as he awaits sentencing. The other three former officers face a state trial in August, and they are free on bond. They were allowed to remain free after Friday’s federal court appearance.

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Floyd, 46, died May 25 after Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck, even as Floyd, who was handcuffed, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Kueng and Lane also helped restrain Floyd — state prosecutors have said Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held down Floyd’s legs. State prosecutors say Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint.

Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, argued during his murder trial that Chauvin acted reasonably in the situation and that Floyd died because of underlying health issues and drug use. He has filed a request for a new trial, citing many issues including the judge’s refusal to move the trial due to publicity. headtopics.com

Nelson had no comment on the federal charges Friday. Messages left with attorneys for two of the other officers were not immediately returned, and an attorney for the fourth officer was getting in an elevator and disconnected when reached by The Associated Press.

To bring federal charges in deaths involving police, prosecutors must believe that an officer acted under the “color of law,” or government authority, and willfully deprived someone of their constitutional rights, including the right to be free from unreasonable seizures or the use of unreasonable force. That’s a high legal standard; an accident, bad judgment or simple negligence on the officer’s part isn’t enough to support federal charges.

Roy Austin, who prosecuted such cases as a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, said prosecutors have to prove that the officers knew what they were doing was wrong in that moment but did it anyway.

Conviction on a federal civil rights charge is punishable by up to life in prison or even the death penalty, but those stiff sentences are extremely rare and federal sentencing guidelines rely on complicated formulas that indicate the officers would get much less if convicted. headtopics.com

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In Chauvin’s case, if the federal court uses second-degree murder as his underlying offense, he could face anywhere from 14 years to slightly more than 24 years, depending on whether he takes responsibility, said Mark Osler, a former federal prosecutor and professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Osler said the guidelines clearly state that any federal sentence would be served at the same time as a state sentence — the sentences wouldn’t stack. Chauvin is due to be sentenced on the state charges June 25. Read more: The Associated Press »

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usambovu Right fucking on. Now convict those motherfuckers. I hope the state has the death penalty because that is what they deserve. The killing goes on. A badge cannot be a shield for criminal behavior. Police must be held accountable. Justice Denied I think the only one that seems sorry is Lane. The others no doubt were implicit. Especially Tou Thao.

People please...chauvin isn't going free and Trump is not going to be president. Focus on reality. I’ve just been observing this country my whole life so... when did the police NOT spend their days masturbatorally violating civil rights? Cringe Ive been seeing this report from the media at least for 3 straight days! I guess they want to make sure everyone 'gets the msg.!'

It's not the Press or Media without them saying the guys race every 5 sentences for Maximum PR and Attention. :\\ Now we’re talking

O shut up already. Just witch hunts now. His drug problem got the best of him and yall are to scared to admit it. The officer on his neck killed a 5 year old boy with his gun. Why was this never talked about? Because he wasn’t black. It sucks to think that a 5 year olds unlawful death didn’t get talked about. Also George had 3x the lethal dose of 3 drugs. He was already dead.

Yawn... That’s right. All people should be free to break any law they wish without being arrested. George Floyd did not die in vain, changes/consequences are happening. His death means something & we will never forget! These bad cops need 2 realize 1 thing, MANY of us white people won't back up your EVIL DOINGS ANYMORE! We❤our brothers/sisters & will protect them!✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿

TNPassiflora I believe there would be another hearing in the court and secondly and most important of all 'may you be as kind enough to follow back Keep the pressure on 👏🏻 Good! They’re all abusive pricks. play dangerous games…win dangerous prizes. I would ask all you race baiters…do you think the Floyd family would give the 27 mill back to get George back? 🤔 that buys a lot of fentynal

I am so glad to hear this.

Fantastic news i thought you guys were against throwing people in jail :^) clearly we should just rehabilitate them this is an outrage. not only was george floyd not prosecuted for single-handedly inflaming racial tensions in the US, but the brave officers here are guilty for committing no crime at all.

Good. More of this please. Those three jackasses just STOOD there and did NOTHING. There's something DEEPER going on in that city for ALL 3 of them to just STAND idle and say and do NOTHING. There's something DEEPER going on. BeboPJemm I still say I’d like to see Lane’s finances (maybe broke). First week on the job, he was no hero but didn’t plan to help a sadistic murdering cop. Please don’t cage him and in a yr Chauvin free.

aight Might as well stop being a police officer. You’ll get 50 years in prison due to some woke losers

Does this apply to all race involved in the same circumstances? What's the statute of limitations with police brutality? I've been beat in the past but couldn't find an attorney to help due to being white & the cops were black! I didn't do anything wrong then in court they both lied saying I almost ran someone over a road I was never on !

JOKE!! On a good note, there will be NO RIOTS Tonight!! BLMISBIGGGGBUSINESS freddyvandam300 They should have been indicted as accessories to murder. Accessories to murder *..and murder 👎 that is B.S ' as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. ' I understand that any news source have to rephrase some words until anyone is convicted for the crime. But as Chauvin now is convicted, let us call it for what it was. Cold blooded murder.

Junkie Floyd death cant be ruled as a hate crime if both officers are both are POC (black and asian) When they have a video of asking him to be put face down on the ground and then the training then tells them to act that way it’s their higher ups that would be at fault if anything and the higher ups are trying to blame the officers

LoveQueenEsther Wow, and it only took them more than a year. Stunning and brave! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼🙄 Is there going to be a retrial because one of jurors lied? Fucking Good! Fenty Floyd coming for their ass I believe the phrase you are looking for are ' arrest and MURDER,' since Floyd was murdered by Chauvin and his accomplices.

Good. About time! Clearly the rest of them were supporting the abuse towards him. 'Arrest and death' is such a roundabout way to say 'murder' I wonder if any of them still think it was worth holding him down till he died smh I am so sorry, Timcast Thoughts and prayers! 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

Hope they get off! They did nothing wrong, Floyd did his own death!! As they should!! Burn them all! 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 The highest ranking definitly should be held accountable especially with a budget like 120,000,000,000 i think “violating his rights” would be smoother than what you wrote here, and i say this as a former professional copy editor.

Yall just cant let this go can you Coming to America it is a hate crime to arrest a black person breaking the law. kiphillreporter JFC! I knew he had a long history of excessive force complaints but i did not know one was on a 14 yo. Chauvin needs to be put into the exercise yard about the same time the security camera system goes down. What a PoS!

MURDER.....not 'death'. Great so are they going to go back and look at the tiny timpa case? Or do we only do that for felons?

'Chauvin is due to be sentenced on the state charges June 25.' 'Experts say he will likely face no more than 30 years in prison when he is sentenced...' Felony Floyd already ready with underlying medical issues filled his body with illegal drugs which ultimately killed him! It's never good to be cops. Damn if you follow the rules and training and damn if you don't...

4 racists, who happened to be cops. 4 Nazis who happened to be cops. 4 useless and a disgrace for the police department they were serving at. An unspeakable gift from God!! An unholy, blight of nature!! NAACP_LDF America is back! Floyd RIP Elections matter.. If this was the trump admin still, they wouldn't have done jack shit about it

Thank God! As it should be! Defund MPD.