J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, two of the former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd‘s death, were sentenced to prison on federal civil rights charges. Kueng was sentenced to 3 years in prison. Thao was given 3.5 years behind bars.
Kueng and Thao were convicted back in February … remember, Kueng helped hold Floyd down as Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd for nearly 9 1/2 minutes, while Thao was on crowd control behind the police vehicle.
As we reported, Kueng and Thao were found guilty of all the charges against them … including deprivation of rights under color of the law for failing to render medical aid to Floyd, plus failing to intervene in Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.
Kueng and Thao argued they didn’t intend for Floyd to die under the circumstances and were deferring to Chauvin’s seniority and experience in the situation.
You’ll recall … Chauvin has already been sentenced to 21 years in prison for Floyd’s death and the other officer convicted, Thomas Lane, was recently sentenced to 2 and a half years in prison. Both Kueng and Thao are still facing state charges in connection with Floyd’s death.