3 Ex-Cops Found Guilty of Rights Violations in George Floyd’s Murder

Three former Minneapolis police officers have been found guilty of violating George Floyd’s civil rights.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were charged with depriving Floyd of the right to medical treatment when Police Derek Chauvin pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for approximately nine minutes and thirty seconds while the 46-year-old black man was handcuffed and prone on the street on May 25, 2020.

Thao and Lane were also charged with failing to intervene to stop Chauvin.

The murder, recorded on video, sparked protests in Minneapolis that spread around the world against racial injustice. Chauvin was found guilty of murder last year in state court and pleaded guilty in a federal case in December.

Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, Lane held his leg and Thao blocked those around the crime scene.

Kueng and Lane both said they bowed to the more senior Chauvin at the scene. Thao testified that he relied on other members of the police to attend to Floyd’s medical needs because his attention was elsewhere.

Federal civil rights violations that result in death are punishable by life imprisonment or even the death penalty, but such penalties are extremely rare.

Lane, Kueng and Thao also face separate trials in June on state charges that they aided and abetted in premeditated and involuntary manslaughter. [lt/ps]