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Derek Chauvin and 3 other ex-cops plead not guilty in federal case for violation of George Floyd’s civil rights – RT USA News

Four former Minneapolis cops involved in the murderous arrest of George Floyd have pleaded not guilty in a new federal case accusing ex-cops of violating Floyd’s civil rights by denying him medical treatment.

The four ex-cops pleaded “not guilty” in court on Tuesday. The former officers – Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – were indicted by a federal jury in May.

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The defendants appeared in court via video link, with Chauvin communicating with the court from the Minneapolis maximum security prison. In June, Chauvin was sentenced to more than 22 years in prison, after a jury found him guilty of Floyd’s murder.

The four defendants are accused of violating Floyd’s civil rights by allegedly denying him medical help. Chauvin is also accused of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights not to be subjected to unreasonable force by a police officer.

Thao and Kueng are also accused of violating Floyd’s right to be safe from unreasonable seizure and not to intervene while Chauvin was kneeling on the man’s neck.

Meanwhile, Chauvin is also facing federal prosecution over an unrelated incident dating back to 2017, when he allegedly violated the civil rights of a 14-year-old boy during his arrest.

Lawyers representing Thao, Kueng and Lane have asked the court to separate their clients’ trials from those of Chauvin, arguing that the fact that he had already been convicted could have a negative impact on the outcome of the trial.

“I can’t imagine anything more damaging than a juror knowing that one of these guys has already been convicted,” Lane’s attorney Earl Gray told the court. However, the judge did not render an immediate decision on this request.

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Floyd died in agent custody in 2020, after cops were called by a store clerk who suspected him of trying to use a fake $ 20 bill. Images of the arrest, with Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s already restrained neck as the latter cried out that he couldn’t breathe, reignited debates over the excessive use of force by US police and racial profiling. presumed.

The incident also sparked massive Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and abroad, with some erupting into riots, looting and arson.

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