Three former police officers in Minneapolis were each found guilty of federal civil rights charges in connection with the death of George Floyd. Floyd was a black man whose death spurred national uproar and sparked world attention to systemic racism.
Tom Tao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng were each convicted of 18 U.S.C. 242, depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under color of law when they failed to give him medical help. Keung and Thao were additionally convicted of not intervening to stop Derek Chauvin from using excessive force.
Because the violation involved death, each defendant faces up to life in prison. However, such severe punishment is unlikely. The three officers are still scheduled to stand trial in state court for aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
The trial lasted nearly a month with jurors deliberating only one day. During closing arguments, the prosecutor claimed the defendant's had front row seats and did nothing to stop Floyd's death. However, the defense argued that the officers did not have adequate training. All three officers testified in their own defense.
Last year, a jury convicted Chauvin on state murder and manslaughter charges. He was sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison.
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