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Derek Chauvin and three other cops involved in George Floyd's death indicted on federal charges

Derek Chauvin and the three other former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death have now been indicted on federal charges for violating the black man's civil rights. 

A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao, accusing them of willfully violating Floyd's constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. 

All four cops have been charged with failing to provide medical care to Floyd as he lay dying in the street of Minneapolis last May.

Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are also charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. 

Chauvin was also charged in a second indictment, over a 2017 incident where he knelt on a black 14-year-old boy's neck for nearly 17 minutes. 

This is the first time the convicted killer has faced charges over this incident. 

Thao, Lane and Kueng are only charged in relation to Floyd's case. 

The federal charges are separate to the state's which led to Chauvin's trial and conviction last month. 

The other three ex-officers face trial together on August 23 on state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane left to right in booking photos in June

Chauvin is led away in handcuffs after being convicted of all charges in the criminal case last month 

Floyd pictured above died last Memorial Day when Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 

The three-count indictments were unsealed Friday. 

Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Kueng appeared via videoconference in US District Court in Minneapolis, while Chauvin was not part of the court appearance.

According to the indictment, 'the defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd.' 

Chauvin was convicted 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.

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.

In this May 25, 2020 file image from surveillance video, Minneapolis police Officers from left, Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are seen attempting to take Floyd into custody 

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.

Floyd's arrest and death, which a bystander captured on cellphone video, sparked protests nationwide and widespread calls for an end to police brutality and racial inequities.

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