Wednesday, December 07, 2022

Former officer sentenced in the death of George Floyd

Former officer sentenced in the death of George Floyd

A federal judge on Thursday sentenced former police officer Thomas Lane to two and a half years in prison for his role in the May 2020 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnusson handed down the sentence, which follows Lane’s conviction in February for violating Floyd’s civil rights. Officials said Lane did not provide medical care to Floyd after another officer, Derek Chauvin, used a knee to pin a handcuffed Floyd to the ground for more than nine minutes. Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe. He was declared brought dead at the local hospital.

The case sparked national interest in the form of the death of Floyd, a black man, which led to protests against racial injustice and police treatment of minorities in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as across the country and the world.

Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second-degree manslaughter, third-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter at a state trial in April 2021. He is serving a 22½ years in prison on those charges.

Lane, a rookie officer, held onto Floyd’s legs as Chauvin pinned Floyd to the ground. Two other officers involved in the situation, Jay Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were also convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights and will be sentenced at a later date.

In May, Lane pleaded guilty to state charges of aiding and abetting the murder and accepted a three-year prison sentence. The other two officers will appear for their state tests in January.

Federal prosecutors in the case were seeking a sentence of up to 6½ years. Lane’s attorney argued for just over two years, saying that Lane was the least responsible of the four officers involved in Floyd’s death. The lawyer said Lane had asked twice whether Floyd should be turned over to his side.

Some information for this report has been obtained from Reuters and The Associated Press.

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