After nearly a year of turmoil and tumult, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in the killing of George Floyd – a local man who succumbed to asphyxiation as Chauvin knelt on his neck and back for nearly 9 minutes.
The incident kicked off a national racial reckoning that transformed a great deal of our popular culture during a time in which many of us were still living in fear of a global pandemic.
Now, as Chauvin’s legal team prepares a hefty appeal to the ruling, other officers who were present during Floyd’s death are facing federal charges on account of their hesitance to render aid to the dying man.
The federal indictment accuses Chauvin — who held his knee on or around the neck of a handcuffed and prone Floyd for more than nine minutes — of killing the 46-year-old while violating his rights to be protected from use of unreasonable force by a police officer.
It also accuses two of Chauvin’s fellow cops — Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — of “willfully” failing to intervene to stop Chauvin from using unreasonable force, a failure that also led to Floyd’s death.Trending:
All three ex-officers, along with the fourth, Thomas Lane, are accused of letting Floyd die by willfully failing to aid him when they saw Floyd “lying on the ground in clear need of medical care.”
The charges appear to stem from a DOJ investigation into the practices and policies of the Minneapolis Police Department, and whether or not the culture of the organization has created an unacceptable sense of violence or entitlement among officers there.