Former Minneapolis cops involved in the arrest were sentenced for three-and-a-half years to jail and three years, respectively
Two former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s fatal arrest have been given prison sentences, marking the last convictions related to the incident that sparked riots across the US in 2020.
According to a statement on Wednesday by the Department of Justice (DOJ), 36-year-old Tou Thao and 28-year-old J. Alexander Kueng have been sentenced to three and a half and three years in prison, respectively, “George Floyd Jr. was deposed of his constitutional rights.”
Thao, Kueng were found guilty by a federal court in Minnesota of failing to stop the proceedings. “use of unreasonable force” by their colleague Derek Chauvin, and of failing to help Floyd despite his “There is a clear need for medical attention.” For nine minutes, while Chauvin was kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck as he was pinned to the pavement, Kueng held his torso and Thao restrained bystanders.
“The jury further found that both of these offenses resulted in Floyd’s bodily injury and death,” the DOJ said.
Earlier this month, another former police officer, Thomas Lane, who was holding Floyd’s legs, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after being found guilty of “depriving Floyd of his constitutional right to be free from a police officer’s deliberate indifference to Floyd’s serious medical needs.”
Before that, Derek Chauvin had been convicted for murder in Floyd’s death. He was sentenced 21 years.
“Four officers were convicted of the murder of George Floyd in federal court. They have all been sent to prison, and they are being held responsible. George Floyd’s death could have been prevented if these defendants had carried out their affirmative duty to intervene to stop another officer’s use of deadly force,” Kristen Clarke, Assistant Attorney General of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said.
George Floyd was arrested in May 2020. This arrest was recorded on video. The protests sparked Black Lives Matter, which saw a number of violent Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Many of them turned violent.
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