Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of 3 Ex-Cops Charged With Violating George Floyd's Civil Rights
Prosecutors will now have to prove they willfully deprived Floyd of his constitutional rights.
January 20, 2022 at 2:42 pm
Jury selection is underway in the federal trial of three ex-Minneapolis police officers facing charges for violating George Floyd's civil rights, USA Today reports.
According to a Department of Justice news release, allegedly "all four defendants, while acting under color of law, willfully deprived Mr. Floyd of his constitutional rights."
On May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin pressed his left knee on Floyd's neck, and his right knee on his back even after Floyd became unresponsive. The indictment alleges that Chauvin's actions violated Floyd's "right to be free from the use of unreasonable force by a police officer" and "resulted in bodily injury to, and the death of, George Floyd."
As the officers were in the process of arresting Floyd, Kueng and Lane were seen in videos assisting in the arrest, according to CNN.