Posted on July 28, 2022

Two Former Minneapolis Officers Sentenced for Violating George Floyd’s Rights

Joe Barrett, Wall Street Journal, July 27, 2022

Two former Minneapolis police officers were sentenced to about three years in federal prison for violating the civil rights of George Floyd, who was killed in police custody in May 2020, setting off a summer of protests and unrest across the U.S

Alexander Kueng was sentenced Wednesday in St. Paul, Minn., to three years and Tou Thao was sentenced to 3½ years. They were convicted in February of showing deliberate indifference to Mr. Floyd’s serious medical need and willfully failing to intervene as Mr. Floyd lay handcuffed and face down in the street with former officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck and back {snip}

A third officer, Thomas Lane, was sentenced last week to 2½ years after being convicted of the deliberate indifference charge.

Mr. Chauvin, who was convicted of second-degree murder in state court, pleaded guilty to federal civil-rights charges {snip}

Mr. Lane has pleaded guilty to state charges of aiding and abetting manslaughter. Mr. Kueng and Mr. Thao are expected to stand trial on aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter charges later this year.