An expanded jury made this decision.
A federal grand jury has indicted former police officer Derek Chauvin, who was previously found guilty in the death of African-American George Floyd, and his former colleagues Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and Alexander Kueng, on charges of intentionally depriving George Floyd of his constitutional rights during his arrest.
According to the new charge, Chauvin, “acting allegedly under the law,” unjustifiably and in violation of the Constitution, used force during the detention, pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9.5 minutes, which resulted in Floyd’s death.
Tao and Kueng are accused of knowingly failing to stop Chauvin when he used excessive force. All four are accused of failing to provide timely medical care to Floyd.
The jury cites the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution, according to which “no state may deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, or deny any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law.”
On April 20, 2021, a Minnesota state court found Chauvin guilty of three counts: second-degree manslaughter, third-degree murder, and negligence resulting in the death of a detainee.
The judge will decide on the penalty later – it is expected that this will happen on June 25. Under Minnesota law, he will be sentenced only on the most serious of the charges – second-degree murder. The maximum term of imprisonment under this article is 40 years.
The trial of Tao, Lane, and Kueng is scheduled to begin in August. In addition to blaming Chauvin for Floyd’s death, a federal extended jury charged the ex-cop with violating the law in the arrest of a 14-year-old in 2017. According to the prosecution, “having no legal rights to do so, he held the teenager by the throat and struck him several times on the head with a flashlight.” The flashlight is called a “dangerous weapon,” the use of which led to injuries in the teenager. In addition, Chauvin “kept his knee on the neck and upper back of the teenager, even after he lay motionless in handcuffs, without resisting, which also led to injuries.”