The jury handed down a verdict in the federal trial over Tou Tao, J. Alexander Kuengand Thomas Lane.
On Thursday (February 24th), the court found the former officers guilty on all counts of their involvement in death George Floyd – Tao was found guilty of not interfering Derek Chauvin and guilty of depriving Floyd of medical care; Kueng was found guilty of failing to intervene against Shaven and guilty of depriving him of medical care; Lane was found guilty of depriving Floyd of medical care.
Dismissed Minneapolis Police Officers Accused of Using “Color of Law” to Violate FloydCivil rights during the death arrest of a 46-year-old black man in handcuffs on May 25, 2020. Federal prosecutors were able to prove that the three officers did not act when Floyd begged for his life under the knee of Comrade Officer Shaven.
Because the jury believed that the inaction of all three former officers led to Floyd’s death, they face life imprisonment as well as the death penalty. However, it should be noted that these sentences are rare, and it is likely that Kueng, Tao and Lane will receive less severe sentences, especially since the senior officer who was at the scene, Shavin, received 22 and a half years in prison for his murder. and murder charges.
All three defendants, who were not taken into custody after sentencing, were charged with “deliberate indifference” to Floyd’s medical needs when Shaven pressed Floyd’s neck with his knees for more than nine minutes, killing him. Tao restrained passersby as Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held him by the legs.
Kueng and Tao were charged with additional charges that held them responsible for Floyd’s death, as they did nothing to stop Shaven while he was kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Lane was not charged further because he seemed to have expressed concern about Floyd’s well-being at the time of his arrest.
However, all three former officers will face a separate state court in June on charges of aiding and abetting murder and homicide.
In April 2021 Shaven was found guilty of state murder and manslaughter.
After trial, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating civil rights against him.
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