Ex-cops Accused of Violating Floyd’s Rights Plead Not Guilty

The four Former Minneapolis police officers charged in the case of George Floyd’s death plead not guilty at a federal hearing. The federal grand jury charged Derek Chauvin, J. Kueng, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane for violating George Floyd’s civil rights as he was restrained and murdered by Derek Chauvin. 

According to the Associated Press, “The hearing also addressed roughly 40 pretrial motions, though many were similar. Most of the motions were routine, such as agreeing when names of witnesses would be disclosed. But Leung heard oral arguments on two issues, and ordered attorneys to file additional written arguments on those motions.”

All four officers have been charged with violating Floyd’s civil rights, but the indictment also breaks down the counts including the right to be free from unreasonable seizure and failing to provide medical care as Floyd was unable to breathe. The federal government is also investigating the Minneapolis Police Department and their policing methods with the hopes of policy changes in Minneapolis.