George Floyd: Former Minneapolis police officer charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter

A former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to a state charge of second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday.

Thomas Lane is already serving a 2 1/2 year federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights. Regarding the state’s case, prosecutors and Lane’s attorneys had approved a recommended sentence of three years, and prosecutors agreed to allow him to serve that sentence concurrently with his federal sentence and in a federal prison.

The sentencing hearing on Wednesday took place remotely. Lane appeared via video from the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, the low-security federal prison facility in Littleton, Colorado.

Floyd, 46, died in May 2020 after white officer Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with a knee on Floyd’s neck as the black man repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe. Lane, who is white, held Floyd’s legs. J. Alexander Kueng, a black man, knelt on Floyd’s back and Tou Thao, a Hmong-American, kept bystanders from intervening during the 9 1/2 minute restraint.

The murder, captured on widely viewed video by viewers, sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world as part of a reckoning on racial injustice.

Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and sentenced to a 22 1/2-year state sentence in 2021. He also pleaded guilty in a federal trial to violating Floyd’s civil rights. His state and federal sentences will be served simultaneously.

Kueng and Thao were also found guilty on federal civil rights charges and sentenced to three and 3 1/2 years, respectively. They have yet to report to federal prison and are due to appear in court in October on charges of assisting in murder and manslaughter.

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