George Floyd’s family happy with the verdict
George Floyd got justice again today. A federal jury in St. Paul, Minnesota, convicted former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane guilty of violating George Floyd’s civil rights on Thursday.
Lane, Kueng, and Thao were found guilty of depriving Floyd of his civil rights by exhibiting purposeful disregard to his medical requirements on May 25, 2020, when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd for more than 9 minutes, eventually killing him. Thao and Kueng were also found guilty of an extra charge of failing to interfere to stop Chauvin by the jury. Lane, who was not charged with the additional crime, said that he requested Chauvin twice to reposition Floyd while detaining him, but both times he was refused.
According to the Department of Justice, violating a person’s civil rights “is penalized by a range of imprisonment up to a life sentence, or the death penalty, depending on the circumstances of the offense, and the consequent harm, if any.” According to federal sentencing rules, they may get lesser terms.
The accusations derive from the officers’ actions — or lack thereof — when Chauvin pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck and back while he was handcuffed and laying on the ground on his stomach. Floyd’s body and legs were held down by Kueng and Lane, both rookie cops, while Thao stood nearby and kept a swarm of enraged spectators at bay.