DOJ files federal charges against Chauvin, 3 other former officers

A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers, alleging they violated George Floyd's constitutional rights.
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the additional charges for Derek chauvin, the former officer convicted of killing George Floyd. A federal grand jury indicting him along with three other former Minneapolis police officers alleging they violated Floyd's constitutional rights. ABC's Zachary kiesch has the details. Reporter: This morning, a new federal indictment pins the possibility of life in prison on the four Minneapolis police officers implicated in the death of George Floyd. The U.S. Department of justice writing that when Derek chauvin kneeled on George Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, he used unconstitutional, unreasonable force that led to his murder. I think it's sending a clear and strong signal that police departments need to look internally. They need to be reviewing their training, who they're hiring, their use of force when they occur. Reporter: Former Minneapolis police officers chauvin, tou Thao, Alexander kueng and Thomas lane are all being charged. Relative to recent history, the charges came swift. Chauvin was convicted of killing Floyd in state court last month. This was about George Floyd's lfe. The fact that he had a constitutional right to life, and when they denied him a breath for being on his neck for 9:29, if that wasn't a constitutional violation, we don't know what was. Reporter: We reached out to the officers and received no comment, but legal experts are already considering the implication of these new charges, both on the three officers who have yet to face trial in Minnesota, but also the jurors that will have to determine their guilt or innocence, Dan. Many more steps to come. In this case. Zachary, thank you very much.

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