Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with civil rights violations of George Floyd are due to appear in federal court Tuesday during a hearing that may also address some of the pretentious motions.
A federal grand jury in May found Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao on May 25, 2020 for allegedly depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority because Floyd, 46, was confronted, handcuffed and not resisted in a restraint that That the viewer was captured on video. His death led to protests around the world and calls for a change in the police system.
In a federal impeachment hearing, defendants can read out the charges against them, and not guilty pleas are usually entered. The parties were to appear in Tuesday’s hearing through videoconferencing.
Prosecutors and lawyers for former officials are also expected to debate a number of motions on Tuesday.
Among them, Kueng and Thao have said that their federal trials should be separated from those of Chauvin, saying it would unfairly prejudice them if they went to trial with him. Lane asked to join the request, which is being opposed by prosecutors. It was not immediately clear whether the issue would come up in Tuesday’s hearing, as both sides have agreed that the request was premature and have asked to set it aside until more information is developed, according to court documents.
The federal indictment alleges that Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be released from unreasonable seizure and undue force by a police officer. Thao and Kueng have been charged with violating Floyd’s right to be freed from undue seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin while kneeling on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are also accused of denying Floyd his rights when they failed to provide him with medical care.
During Floyd’s arrest, he repeatedly said he could not breathe as Chauvin slammed him to the ground. Kueng and Lane helped rein in Floyd; According to evidence in state court, Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, and Lane grabbed Floyd’s leg. During the 9-1/2-minute restraint, Thao restrained the audience and prevented them from interfering.
The four officers were also indicted in state court, where Chauvin’s trial was eventually set aside from the others due to space restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chauvin was convicted of manslaughter and manslaughter in April and sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison. The other three former officers face a state trial next March for aiding and abetting.
Chauvin is also charged in a separate federal indictment that he violated the civil rights of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.
Meanwhile, the federal government is investigating policing practices in Minneapolis. An investigation known as a “pattern or practice” — examining whether there is a pattern or practice of unconstitutional or illegal policing — involves a comprehensive review of the entire police department. This could result in major changes in policing in the city of Minnesota.