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George Floyd's family reacts to federal indictments of former officers

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A day after word that a federal grand jury indicted four officers in connection with George Floyd's death, his family is speaking.

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CHUCK GOUDIE: Judy, the new charges are against Chauvin and three other men who were working as Minneapolis police officers last Memorial Day and on the scene of the George Floyd arrest. Chauvin, already convicted of murdering Floyd, and the others awaiting trial in state court are also now facing the new federal civil rights charges. It was during this may 25th encounter that a federal grand jury now says George Floyd's constitutional rights were violated by the four, then, Minneapolis officers.

They were indicted today by the US Grand Jury on charges that they abused their police powers and positions of authority while detaining Floyd during an arrest for allegedly trying to pass a bogus $20 bill. These new charges claim that the four officers at the time deprived Floyd of his right to be free from the use of unreasonable force.

GIL SOFFER: It is a serious charge. The charge carriers a potential maximum penalty of many years in prison. But I think the purpose of it was to show, or the Department of Justice to show that the federal government has an interest here. And that is to vindicate the rights of victims.

CHUCK GOUDIE: And there's more today against Derek Chauvin. This separate federal indictment alleging he violated the Civil Rights of a 14-year-old Minneapolis boy during a 2017 arrest. The Black teenager's arrest captured by body cameras, video presented privately to the judge in the just concluded murder trial.

According to state prosecutor Matthew Franck, Chauvin was dispatched to a domestic assault call between a mother and her son. When officers told the son to lie on the ground and he refused, Chauvin allegedly then hit the Black teenager so hard a paramedic said he would need stitches. And then allegedly grabbed the teen by the throat, causing him to lose consciousness. Chauvin then allegedly held the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes.

State prosecutors attempted to bring that incident into Chauvin's George Floyd trial, using it as evidence of a heavy-handed policing style. But the judge said no. Now, Chauvin will face federal prosecution for that 2017 case and the new federal civil rights charges in the Floyd case. So legally, it's far from over for him, and really, yet to begin, even, for the other three officers. Rob.