The four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd were indicted by a federal grand jury, according to The Washington Times.
The indictment came on Friday for the officers who were involved in apprehending and detaining Floyd in the moments before his death. The three-count indictment was reportedly in the form of civil rights charges which alleged that the former officers used excessive force, conducted unreasonable seizures, and failed to provide medical care.
Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, and J. Alexander Kueng were those named in the indictment and Chauvin was also the subject of a second indictment that posited he used excessive force during a 2017 arrest of a 14-year-old boy who was also reportedly restrained via the neck.
“Mr. Lane, Mr. Thao and Mr. Kueng appeared via video conference in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis,” the Times reported. “Chauvin did not appear in court on Friday.”
Chauvin’s conviction on state murder and manslaughter charges spawned an outbreak of rejoicing among many who believed that the officer discriminated against Floyd because of his race.
The now-infamous officer is currently awaiting sentencing in a maximum-security facility, according to the times, and the other three officers await trial that will likely take place in late August, but remain free on bond.
Floyd died after Chauvin restrained him with the officer’s knee on the detainee’s neck for roughly nine and a half minutes, however, Kueng and Lane also helped to restrain Floyd and bring him down to the pavement. It’s alleged that Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back while Lane pinned down his legs.
Floyd’s death caused an outbreak of protests and riots that caused the deaths of almost two dozen and the destruction of billions of dollars worth of property.