Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer recently convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, isn’t yet out of the woods, legally speaking, nor are several police officers who were with him on the day of Floyd’s death.
According to Breitbart, Chauvin, and former fellow police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane, were all indicted this week on federal civil rights charges for their alleged roles in Floyd’s death. The news comes in the wake of Chauvin’s recent request for a new trial.
The indictment claims that the police officers who were at the scene during Floyd’s arrest “deprived Floyd’s rights when they saw him lying on the ground ‘in clear need’ of medical care, but ‘willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm.'”
“Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd’s neck, and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after Floyd became unresponsive. This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd,” the indictment continued.
Civil rights attorneys celebrated the news, with lawyers Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci issuing a joint statement praising the new civil rights charges, according to ABC News.
“The Constitution claims to be committed to life, liberty, and justice, and we are seeing this realized in the justice George Floyd continues to receive,” the attorneys said. “This comes after hundreds of years of American history in which Black Americans unfortunately did not receive equal justice.”
The bombshell indictment news also comes on the heels of recent revelations that the U.S. Department of Justice reportedly had a plan to arrest Chauvin had his trial resulted in anything other than a conviction.
Chauvin’s former colleagues were all released on a $25,000 bond after appearing in court Friday in response to the new charges they face, while they await trial for their involvement on the day that Floyd died.
Only time will tell how everything plays out, but it’s now crystal clear that the legal ramifications of Floyd’s death are far from over for those involved.