The four former Minneapolis Police Department officers who were involved in George Floyd’s passing pleaded not guilty to violating Floyd’s civil rights on Tuesday, Black Enterprise reported.
Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are being examined for their potential role in violating a federal law that does not allow government officials from abusing their high-level authority, according to the article. Also, Kueng and Thao, who saw Chauvin forcibly Floyd to the ground, have been charged with not stopping the deadly consequences of Chauvin in time. The four were also charged with neglecting to provide first aid to Floyd, the article added.
Per the Justice Department, if convicted of causing bodily harm while violating the federal civil rights statute, all four officers could face about a decade in prison plus fines.
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