By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Minneapolis, Minnesota: A federal jury has found three former Minneapolis Police Department officers guilty of violating George Floyd’s civil rights during the arrest that killed him.
Former officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving George Floyd of his right to medical care when officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into George Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as the 46 year old Black man was handcuffed and facedown on the street back on May 25, 2020.
Tou Thao and Thomas Lane were also charged with failing to intervene to stop Derek Chauvin.
The verdict by a federal jury came late in the afternoon on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 after less than 13 hours of deliberation.
Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder last year in state court and pleaded guilty in December 2021 in the federal case.
Alexander Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, Thomas Lane held his legs and Thao kept bystanders back.
Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane both said they deferred to Derek Chauvin as the senior officer at the scene.
Tou Thao testified that he relied on the other officers to care for George Floyd’s medical needs as his attention was elsewhere.
The videotaped of the incident sparked protests in Minneapolis that spread around the globe as part of reckoning over racial injustice.
Conviction of a federal civil rights violation that results in death is punishable by life in prison or even death, but such sentences are extremely rare.
More information is still coming in.