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The four former Minneapolis police officers indicted on federal civil rights charges in connection with George Floyd's death, including Derek Chauvin, have pleaded not guilty.

Chauvin and his three fellow ex-officers — Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — each entered their not guilty plea in federal court Tuesday, Reuters reports

There were also discussions related to more than three dozen motions filed in the case, including whether the cases against Lane, Kueng and Thao should be split from the case against Chauvin, the Associated Press says.

Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison after a jury convicted him in April on murder and manslaughter charges.

The federal indictment accuses the four former officers of violating Floyd's constitutional rights as he was restrained outside of Cup Foods in south Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. 

Chauvin, Thao and Kueng are each charged with violating Floyd's right to be free from unreasonable seizure and excessive force. The indictment also alleges Thao and Kueng "willfully failed to intervene" to stop Chauvin's use of unreasonable force.

And it says all four officers failed to give Floyd medical care, depriving Floyd of his constitutional right not to be deprived of liberty without due process of law. 

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