On Monday, two ex-Minneapolis police officers were offered three-year prison sentences for their roles in the murder of George Floyd, but they declined the deals.
Following the rejection of their plea deals, former police officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are scheduled to go on trial in October on state charges related to Floyd’s death. Some of the federal charges against both men in connection with Floyd’s death have already resulted in sentencing.
Two ex-police officers have been convicted of violating George Floyd’s civil rights and given prison terms as a result.
For Thou, “accepting any plea offer would be lying,” as he told the Associated Press.
According to footage recorded by a bystander, Thao prevented onlookers from approaching the scene as former police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down and placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd complained of being unable to breathe. The encounter in the summer of 2020 caused outrage and led to protests all over the country.
Kueng wouldn’t elaborate on why he turned down the plea deal. After the incident, he and Chauvin were holding Floyd down, and officials say he was unable to find a pulse when he checked on Floyd.
Floyd’s death resulted in charges of second-degree manslaughter and murder for both men. Attorney General Keith Ellison’s deputy chief of staff told CNN that the two men were offered a plea deal identical to the one accepted by former officer Thomas Lane earlier this year.
In federal court in February, Kueng, Lane, and Thao were found guilty of violating Floyd’s civil rights. As a result of these charges, Thao was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, Lane to 2 1/2 years, and Kueng to 3 years.
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Chauvin received a harsher punishment, 21 years in prison, for his role in Floyd’s civil rights violation. Following his guilty plea to federal charges related to Floyd’s murder last year, he was given a sentence of 20-25 years in prison.
On September 21, Lane will have his state case sentence pronounced. It has been set for October 24 for the start of the trial for Kueng and Thao.
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Two ex-police officers involved in the death of George Floyd reject a plea deal.
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