Report: DOJ to seek indictment of Derek Chauvin and three other ex-Minneapolis police officers
(CNN) Federal prosecutors are moving forward with plans to charge Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers with federal civil rights violations, according to two local media reports in Minnesota.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, citing a source, and KSTP-TV, citing sources with knowledge of the investigation, say the Justice Department intends to ask a grand jury to indict Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao in connection with the death of George Floyd.
The Star-Tribune also reported prosecutors intend to charge Chauvin in connection to the violent arrest of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.
In that case, Chauvin and a partner officer responded to a domestic assault call. In the process of attempting to arrest a 14-year-old, Chauvin hit the teen with a flashlight multiple times before applying a neck restraint with his knee until the 14-year-old lost consciousness, according to court documents filed by state prosecutors.
According to those same documents, “The child began repeatedly telling the officers that he could not breathe, and his mother told Chauvin to take his knee off her son.”
The reports come just over a week after Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. He is scheduled to be sentenced in June, according to the court docket.
The other ex-officers face a state trial in August, charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death. They have pleaded not guilty.
The DOJ declined to comment on the local reports when contacted by CNN. CNN reached out to attorneys for all four officers. Only the attorney for Keung responded, and the attorney declined to discuss the reports.
CNN had previously reported the DOJ was investigating Floyd’s death. During Chauvin’s trial, the Hennepin County medical examiner testified he had also testified before a federal grand jury in February and had previously been interviewed by representatives of the US Attorney’s office.