Aug 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy
Ex-officers to appeal prison sentences for violating George Floyd's civil rights
Attorneys for former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao filed Wednesday their intent to appeal the federal prison sentences handed down for their roles in the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, the Star Tribune reports.
Why it matters: Kueng and Thao were sentenced to three and 3 1/2 years in prison, respectively, after they were convicted of violating Floyd's civil rights by not intervening as Derek Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.
- Throughout the murder, Kueng held Floyd's back as Chauvin was kneeling on his neck. Thao kept bystanders away while Thomas Lane, another Minneapolis police officer at the time, restrained Floyd's legs.
- Lane was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for violating Floyd's civil rights.
What to watch: Both Kueng and Thao are expected to stand trial in Hennepin County starting Oct. 24 for state charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter.