A federal grand jury has indicted three more former police officers who were involved in the death of George Floyd last year.
The grand jury indicted four former cops total, including Derek Chauvin, for charges that the officers violated Floyd’s Constitutional rights when detaining him.
A Minnesota jury ruled found ex-officer Chauvin guilty of murder last month. Video footage appearing to show Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck prior to Floyd’s death went viral and helped propel this case into the national spotlight.
Floyd’s death was followed by riots and protests in Minneapolis and around the country.
The indictment released Friday said that, “while acting under color of law, and while aided and abetted by officers known to the grand jury, willfully deprived George Floyd of the right, secured and protected by the Constitution and laws of the United States, to be free from an unreasonable seizure, which includes the right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer. Specifically, Defendant Chauvin held his left knee across George Floyd’s neck, and his right knee on Floyd’s back and arm, as George Floyd lay on the ground, handcuffed and unresisting, and kept his knees on Floyd’s neck and body even after Floyd became unresponsive. This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd.” (Story continues below.)
In this indictment for this civil rights violations, the key phrase is “aided and abetted by officers known to the grand jury.” The three other officers will face trial in August for charges they aided and abetted Chauvin in the murder.
Chauvin’s legal team has called for a retrial after news broke that one of Chauvin’s jurors was a Black Lives Matter activist.
The indictment goes on to say that “the defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical care, and willfully failed to aid Floyd, thereby acting with deliberate indifference to a substantial risk of harm to Floyd.”