Two former Minneapolis police officers were convicted Wednesday on federal charges of murdering George Floyd, the black man who was killed when their colleague Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck during an arrest.
At a hearing in St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Tou Thao, 36, to three and a half years, Minnesota Public Radio reported.
Earlier Wednesday, he sentenced J. Alexander Kueng, 28, to three years. A third officer, Thomas Lane, 39, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison last Thursday.
In February, the three were convicted by a federal jury for stripping Floyd of his civil rights and failing to come to Floyd’s aid while Chauvin, a white man, choked him with his knee for nine minutes. Chauvin was sentenced in February to 20 years and 5 months on federal charges related to Floyd’s May 2020 murder.
A cellphone video of the dying, handcuffed Floyd pleading with Chauvin for his life before falling motionless sparked outrage and sparked daily large-scale protests against racism and police brutality in cities around the world.
The four officers were called to a Minneapolis grocery store on May 25, 2020 and attempted to arrest Floyd on suspicion that he used a counterfeit $20 bill to purchase cigarettes.
While Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, Kueng placed his knee on Floyd’s lower body and kept it there for more than eight minutes, prosecutors said.
Federal prosecutors argued that the three men knew from their training and “basic human decency” that they had a duty to help Floyd as he begged for his life before he went limp under Chauvin’s knee.
Chauvin was also convicted in a 2021 state trial of first-degree first-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
As a result of this conviction, he is simultaneously serving a 22.5-year prison sentence.
Lane pleaded guilty to state aid to manslaughter in May and agreed to three years in prison. A state trial is scheduled to begin for Thao and Kueng in January.
Ex-Minnesota officials convicted on federal charges in George Floyd case – SABC News
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