WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers for civil rights charges over the death of George Floyd, the Justice Department announced Friday.
Chauvin, 45, was convicted of murder and manslaughter charges in April, nearly a year after he pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, a widely condemned act captured in a viral video that set off months of protests over police brutality against Black Americans.
The three other former Minneapolis officers involved in the incident are set to go to trial in August. J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are each facing charges of aiding and abetting.
A day after Chauvin was convicted, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced a sweeping investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department’s operations, including its use of lethal force.
The investigation is part of the Justice Department’s rejuvenation of federal oversight of police agencies, which languished under the Trump administration. The agency has also launched a similar investigation into whether the Louisville Metro Police Department engaged in civil rights abuses amid a nationwide reckoning after the death of Breonna Taylor.
Chauvin, faces 12.5 years in prison. A county medical examiner ruled that the Floyd’s death at 46 was a homicide and that his heart stopped beating while Chauvin pressed his knee against his neck.