By AMY FORLITI
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Four former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyds civil rights pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the federal charges against them.
A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao in May for allegedly depriving Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority on May 25, 2020, as Floyd, 46, was held face-down, handcuffed and not resisting in a restraint that was captured on bystander video. His death led to worldwide protests and calls for change in policing.
All four of the men appeared at the hearing remotely via videoconference. Chauvin appeared from a room in the states maximum security prison, where he is serving a 22 1/2-year sentence for murder in Floyds death. The other three men appeared remotely alongside their attorneys.
Prosecutors and attorneys for the former officers are also arguing their positions on about 40 pretrial motions Tuesday.
FILE – This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. The former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights are scheduled to be arraigned in federal court Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP File)