Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane were found guilty of violating George Floyd’s civil rights by a federal jury in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Ex-Cops Involved In George Floyd Murder Case Federally Charged
After deliberations, a jury of four men and eight women found Lane, Kueng, and Thao guilty of violating Floyd’s civil rights. The jurors also found Thao and Kueng guilty of an additional charge for failing to intervene to stop Chauvin. In addition to giving the ex-cops guilty verdicts, the jury found that their crimes resulted in Floyd’s death.
Lane testified that he asked Chauvin twice to reposition Floyd while restraining him but was denied both times.
Judge Paul Magnuson allowed the three men to leave the courthouse on pre-established bail conditions ahead of their sentencing. A date for that hearing has yet to be set.
This verdict will serve as a new precedent for convicting bad cops, and specifically for cases when officers allow their colleagues to act irrationally.
George Floyd’s Memory Lives On
Last year, people from around the world took to social media to honor George Floyd on the anniversary of his murder.
Across the internet, people remembered the life of George Floyd who was killed by a former Minneapolis police officer. Emotional posts centered on Floyd being much more than a victim but also a family man who had his life forcefully taken away.
Chauvin Pleads Guilty
Derek Chauvin, the police officer convicted for the killing of George Floyd, changed his not guilty plea to “guilty” of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.