“Each and every one of them made a proven choice over and over again,” said Samantha Trepel. She is a special lawyer for court cases from the Ministry of Justice’s civil rights department.
– They chose not to intervene and stop Chauvin when he killed a man. They chose not to protect the man they handcuffed, Trepel continued.
In the opening statement, a federal prosecutor talked for about half an hour about the three police officers breaking the law by not giving Floyd proper health care, it writes CNN.
Former police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane have been brought to justice for failing to provide Floyd with the necessary health care.
The three do not plead guilty.
Thomas Lane is accused of keeping George Floyd’s legs down during the fatal arrest.
According to the prosecutor, Lane will testify in his own defense during the trial.
In addition to being charged with failing to provide medical assistance, Thao and Kueng are also charged with failing to intervene in Derek Chauvin’s unreasonable use of force.
The three defendants’ lawyers argued with much of the same thing that Chauvin brought up during his trial. Among other things, they claim that Floyd was under the influence of drugs during the arrest and opposed arrest.
Another argument was that the police officers did not have adequate training.
They also believe that there is more to the story than what emerges in the video that shows George Floyd’s death.
“The fact that something ends tragically does not mean that a crime has been committed,” said Thao’s lawyer Robert Paule.
The trial takes place about 20 months after the fatal arrest of George Floyd.
The 46-year-old was handcuffed and pushed against the sidewalk on his stomach by former police officer Derek Chauvin until he stopped breathing.
There were four police officers on the scene who called for medical help, but did nothing themselves. Floyd thus remained in the same situation until the ambulance personnel arrived on the scene.
Floyd was pronounced dead the same night,
The arrest was filmed and the shocking videos went viral. The videos sparked violent protests for color rights around the world.