Four former Minneapolis police officers, including convicted murderer Derek Chauvin, were indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury on charges that they violated George Floyd's constitutional rights when they restrained him on the pavement during the fatal encounter a year ago, according to court documents.
An indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao.
All four are accused of "deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs", the indictment says.
A separate federal indictment charged Chauvin with using unreasonable force against a 14-year-old Minneapolis resident in a September 4, 2017 incident.
The video of Floyd, who was Black, pleading for his life and crying for his late mother reverberated around the globe, as people who watched it took to the streets in the summer of 2020 to protest police brutality and racial injustice.
Chauvin was convicted last month on all state charges against him: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His lawyers have requested a new trial, saying that there was prosecutorial and jury misconduct and errors of law at trial and that the verdict was contrary to the law.
Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are charged with violating George Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force.
Along with that, the three officers and former cop Thomas Lane were charged with failing to give Floyd medical aid. Chauvin's sentencing is set for June 25.
A second count says he "held his knee on the neck and the upper back of the teenager even after the teenager was lying prone, handcuffed, and unresisting, also resulting in bodily injury".
The new federal charges come in addition to the state's cases, which means that all four could face new trials in federal court. Chauvin was not part of the court appearance.
Garland announced a similar probe into policing in Louisville, Kentucky, over the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot by police during a raid at her home.
CNN has reached out to the Minneapolis Police Department and the city's police union for comment on the federal charges against the former officers.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says the federal prosecution "is entirely appropriate".
"What we couldn't get them to do in the case of Eric Garner, Michael Brown in Ferguson, and countless others, we are finally seeing them do today", Sharpton said". Floyd's young daughter met President Joe Biden on the campaign trial, and he often repeats her statement that her "daddy changed the world".
The Justice Department also recently announced it was opening a sweeping investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department. Thao, Keung, and Lane face trial on the state charges in August and they are free on bond.
Brandon Mitchell is one of 12 jurors who convicted Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.
The Minneapolis Police and Peace Officers Association, which is providing legal representation for the four officers in their state cases, said it will be doing the same in federal court with the same attorneys.