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 and Thomas Lane were indicted in May by a federal grand jury for allegedly denying Floyd his rights when they acted under government authority.
According to the Associated Press, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by failing to intervene to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck.
Tuesday’s hearing took place remotely via videoconference.
Chauvin was released from a state prison where he is currently serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for murder.
The judge and lawyers handled approximately 40 motions before the trial. This included a request that Lane, Kueng, and Thao be tried separately from Chauvin.
On this matter, the judge wants more written arguments.