Former Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin Pleads Not Guilty to Federal Charges | New
Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April of murder charges in the state for killing George Floyd, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges related to the use of a unreasonable force on a 14-year-old teenager in September 2017.
A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin and three other former officers in May for allegedly violating Floyd’s constitutional rights.
Chauvin was also charged in a separate indictment relating to an incident in which he allegedly used unreasonable force on a 14-year-old Minneapolis teenager in September 2017, according to the Justice Department.
The first count in this indictment said Chauvin “held the teenager by the throat and repeatedly hit him on the head with a flashlight,” the DOJ said in a statement. at the time.
A second count said the former officer “held his knee to the teenager’s neck and upper back even after the teenager was lying on his stomach, handcuffed and without resistance, also resulting in bodily injury “.
Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
A spectator video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as the 46-year-old man, handcuffed and lying in the street, searched for air, telling officers, “I can’t to breathe”.
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