Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane was sentenced to two and half years in prison on federal charges that result from his role in the murder of George Floyd in May of 2020.
Lane was sentenced for depriving Floyd of medical care as he died when officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck
Lane, 39, held Floyd’s legs down while as Chauvin suffocated Floyd for nearly nine and a half minutes.
“Mr Lane, this is a very serious offense, in which a life was lost,” judge Paul Magnuson said.
“The fact that you did not get up and remove Mr Chauvin when Mr Floyd became unconscious is a violation of the law.” the judge admonished.
Floyd’s murder sparked massive and violent protests in Minneapolis and around the world over racial injustice in policing.
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