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Four former Minneapolis officers plead not guilty to federal civil rights charges

Abuse of power, civil rights violations alleged in fatal 2020 encounter


September 15, 2021

Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

From left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021.

In their first substantive appearance in federal court, four former Minneapolis police officers pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges they abused their positions of authority to detain George Floyd during a fatal attempted arrest in 2020.

Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are accused of using the "color of the law" to deprive Floyd of his constitutional rights to be "free from the use of unreasonable force" when Chauvin pinned down Floyd with a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes, and the other three did nothing to stop him.

"This offense resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of George Floyd," according to the federal charges, which run separate from the state's cases against the same officers.


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