MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights have pleaded not guilty to the federal charges against them.
Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Derek Chauvin were indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating Floyd’s civil rights, while they were acting under the authority of the government.
According to the Associated Press, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck.
Tuesday’s hearing was conducted remotely via videoconference.
Chauvin appeared at a state prison. He is currently serving a 22 1/2 year sentence for murder.
About 40 pretrial motions were discussed by the judge and attorneys. Thao, Kueng, Lane and Kueng were also requested to be tried separately from Chauvin.
The judge wants more written arguments on this issue.