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Four former Minneapolis police officers indicted on US civil rights charges in George Floyd death

Former officer Derek Chauvin was one of the four officers indicted Friday.

Updated: May 7, 2021 - 12:53pm

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A federal grand jury indicted four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd last year, saying they violated Floyd’s constitutional rights, according to indictment documents unsealed Friday.

The three-count indictment names Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter during a contentious trial last month, and ex-officers Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao, according to The Associated Press.

Chauvin, Thao, and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. However, all four officers were charged with a second indictment for failing to provide Floyd proper medical care.

Chauvin was also charged with another indictment regarding an arrest of a 14-year-old with a neck restraint in 2017.

The other three former police officers were allowed to go free after Friday's indictment, they now face a state trial in August.

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