Two Former Minneapolis Police Officers Sentenced to Prison for Violating George Floyd’s Civil Rights

A Minnesota judge sentenced former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao to prison on July 27 for violating George Floyd’s civil rights during the 2020 fatal arrest.

Keung, who held down Floyd’s torso, received three years in prison while Thao, who kept a group of bystanders back, received 3.5 years in prison.

Both will also be ordered to pay a $200 special assessment and will be placed on supervised release for two years after serving their prison sentences.

In February, a federal court convicted Keung and Thao of violating Floyd’s civil rights and failing to intervene to stop their colleague Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes during the May 2020 arrest, killing Floyd.

“Former officers Thao and Kueng each had an individual duty and opportunity to intervene in the excessive force that resulted in the agonizing death of Mr. Floyd, but both men failed to take any action,” U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger for the District of Minnesota said in a statement.

“These sentences reaffirm that every law enforcement officer, whether rookie or senior, has an affirmative duty to protect individuals in their custody,” Luger further said.

With the sentences, all four officers involved in Floyd’s fatal arrest have now been sentenced to prison.

Thomas Lane, who held down Floyd’s legs, received a 2.5-year prison sentence last week.

Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights and a 22.5-year sentence on state murder charges. The sentences will be served concurrently.

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