Three former police officers convicted of rights violations in Floyd’s murder

Three former police officers from Minneapolis were convicted Thursday of violating the civil rights of george Floydafter a federal jury rejected their arguments that the screaming bystanders’ inexperience, inadequate training or distraction excused them from preventing Floyd’s murder.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were convicted of depriving Floyd of his right to medical care when the 46-year-old black man was pinned under the knee of his partner Derek Chauvin for nine and a half minutes while handcuffed, face down on the street on May 25, 2020. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, Lane held his legs, and Thao kept bystanders away.

Thao and Kueng were also convicted of failing to intervene to stop Chauvin in the videotaped murder that sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world as part of a reckoning over racial injustice.

Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, called the verdicts “accountability” but added: “There can never be justice because I can never get George back.”

Floyd’s brother called the verdicts “accountable.”

And Floyd’s cousin, Brandon Williams, said he hoped the verdicts would change laws and policies to “protect people from these situations.” He also said the result “sends a message that if you kill or use excessive or deadly force, there will be consequences.”

Lane shook his head and looked at his attorney as the verdict was read. Thao and Kueng showed no visible emotion. His lawyers declined to comment immediately afterwards.

Charles Kovats, Acting United States Attorney for Minnesota, called the convictions a reminder that all sworn law enforcement officers have a duty to intervene.

“These officers had a moral responsibility, a legal obligation and a duty to intervene, and by failing to do so, they committed a crime,” Kovats said.

Chauvin and Thao rushed to the scene to help rookies Kueng and Lane after they responded to a call that Floyd used a counterfeit $20 bill at a corner store. Floyd struggled with officers as they tried to put him into a police van.

During the federal trial Within a month, prosecutors tried to show that the officers violated their training, including when they did not move Floyd or give him CPR. Prosecutors argued that Floyd’s condition was so serious that even bystanders without basic medical training could see that he needed help, but that officers “chose to do nothing.”

As we report in AmericanPost.News, the defense said his training was inadequate. Kueng and Lane said they referred to Chauvin as the senior officer on the scene. Thao testified that he trusted the other officers to take care of Floyd’s medical needs, as his care was elsewhere.

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