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Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, but there is yet another trial in the horizon – this time for the other three. agents who were part of Floyd’s arrest last May.
As it stands, the trial of former Minneapolis cops J. Alexander Kueng, 27, Thomas Lane, 38, and Tou Thao, 35, is scheduled to begin on August 23, with the men facing charges of aiding and abetting second degree murder and second degree manslaughter of Floyd. If found guilty, they risk more than 16 years in prison. A hearing is scheduled for May 20 at the Minnesota Court of Appeals, with the state attorney general’s office seeking to add a third degree murder charge against Kueng, Lane and Thao.
On May 25, 2020, agents responded to a call to Cup Foods in Minneapolis, after it was reported that Floyd attempted to pass a fake $ 20 bill. Footage of Floyd’s arrest shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, and prosecutors say Kueng, a 2019 police academy graduate, was at one point between Chauvin and Lane , kneeling on Floyd’s back. When Floyd became unresponsive, Kueng checked the pulse and reported that he couldn’t find one.
Lane, who had only been with the police for a few days, was the officer who told Floyd to get out of his car and put the handcuffs on him. Prosecutors say Chauvin, Kueng and Lane all used their weight to keep Floyd down, after he resisted attempts to get into the back of a police car. Lane asked at one point if they should roll Floyd, and Chauvin replied, “No, staying where we got him.”
Thao, who joined the force in 2012 after being fired, arrived at Cup Foods with Chauvin, after Floyd had previously been handcuffed. Prosecutors say that although Thao had no physical contact with Floyd, he could see how Floyd was being restrained and did not try to interfere.
All officers were fired and arrested after Floyd’s death. Kueng, Lane and Thao are now out on $ 750,000 bail. In January, their trial was separated from Chauvin’s due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
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