Chauvin was arraigned by video conference before U.S. District Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer on two counts of federal civil rights violations. He refused to have the charges against him read in court.
The ex-cop wore a beige shirt in what appeared to be a conference room – a yellow stamp in front of him – at the Minnesota Maximum Security Prison in Oak Park Heights outside of Minneapolis, where he is serving a sentence of 22 1/2 one year sentence for Floyd’s murder. He spoke briefly, answering brief procedural questions and entering his plea.
A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin and three other former officers in May for allegedly violating Floyd’s constitutional rights.
Chauvin was also indicted in the separate indictment involving the 14-year-old from Minneapolis in September 2017, according to the Department of Justice.
A second count said the former officer “held his knee to the teenager’s neck and upper back even after the teenager was lying on his stomach, handcuffed and without resistance, also resulting in injuries. bodily injury ”.
Chauvin is accused of having voluntarily deprived the “constitutional right of the adolescent not to use unreasonable force by a police officer”, according to a press release from the Department of Justice at the time.
Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
A spectator video showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds as the 46-year-old man, handcuffed and lying in the street, searched for air, telling the officers, “I can’t. to breathe “.
Chauvin and former officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to federal civil rights charges stemming from Floyd’s death.
Chauvin is accused of depriving Floyd of the right to be safe from “unreasonable seizure, which includes the right not to use unreasonable force by a police officer”.
Thao and Kueng were also charged with failing to intervene in Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force, according to the indictment. Chauvin, Thao, Kueng and Lane also face a charge for failing to provide medical assistance to Floyd.
The indictment stated that “the defendants saw George Floyd lying on the ground in clear need of medical attention and willfully failed to assist Floyd, thus acting with willful indifference in the face of substantial risk of harm to Floyd” .
Trial dates have not been set in Federal Affairs.
Separately, Thao, Kueng, and Lane are indicted in state court with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They pleaded not guilty.
Thao, Kueng, and Lane were at the scene with Chauvin when Floyd was killed.
The federal charges against the ex-cops are separate from a civilian investigation into Minneapolis policing practices announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland in April.