Four former police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are to be arraigned in United States federal court in Minneapolis on Tuesday in a hearing to address some pretrial motions.
A federal grand jury formally charged Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Alex Kueng and Tou Thao in May with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority when he was arrested and killed in May 2020.
Floyd, an unarmed Black man, handcuffed and not resisting, was held face-down by the four officers while Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd’s neck, choking him. The incident was captured on bystander video. Floyd’s death led to worldwide protests and calls for changes in policing in the US.