A federal grand jury in Minneapolis has indicted former MPD officers Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane with federal civil rights crimes for their roles in the death of George Floyd.
A separate, two-count indictment also charges Chauvin with willfully depriving a Minneapolis resident who was then 14 years old of the constitutional right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer. The indictment alleges that on Sept. 4, 2017, Chauvin, without legal justification, held the teenager by the throat and struck the teenager multiple times in the head with a flashlight. The indictment alleges that this offense included the use of a dangerous weapon—a flashlight—and resulted in bodily injury to the teenager. It also alleges that Chauvin held his knee on the neck and the upper back of the teenager even after the teenager was lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting, also resulting in bodily injury.