After the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin, the other three officers at the scene when George Floyd died in police custody face a trial this summer.
J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. (Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
The other former officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are set to go to trial on Aug. 23, and it will be televised. The three are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Legal experts say Chauvin’s conviction on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter increases the likelihood that the other three will be convicted, but getting convictions still won’t be easy for prosecutors.
Chauvin is scheduled to be sentenced on June 25.
All four fired officers were originally slated to be tried together, but Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill decided to try Chauvin separately, ruling that there was not enough space in the courtroom to allow for social distancing.
Floyd allegedly used a counterfeit $20 bill on May 25, 2020, at Cup Foods, a convenience store in South Minneapolis. While Floyd was handcuffed on the ground, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, despite Floyd pleading that he could not breathe.
When paramedics arrived, Floyd was not breathing and had no pulse. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Kueng and Lane were the first officers to respond to Cup Foods after an employee called the police.
Both were new to the police force, having worked only a few shifts. According to the criminal complaint and body-worn camera footage, they approached Floyd, who was sitting in a car across the street. Lane drew his firearm while ordering Floyd to show his hands.
Floyd was placed in handcuffs and spoke with Kueng while Lane talked with Morries Hall and Shawanda Hill, who were in the car with Floyd.
In the video, Kueng and Lane walk Floyd across the street and try to get him into the squad car. Then Chauvin and Thao arrive. Chauvin joins Kueng and Lane trying to get Floyd into the back of the squad car.
Eventually, Floyd is pulled onto the ground, and Chauvin, Lane and Kueng hold him down. Chauvin kneels on Floyd’s neck, while Kueng holds his back and Lane his legs.
At one point, Lane asks if the officers should move Floyd on his side, saying he is worried about excited delirium. Chauvin says, “No, staying put where we got him.”
After Floyd is held on the ground for several minutes, Kueng checks for Floyd’s pulse and says he can’t find one. Chauvin keeps his knee on Floyd’s neck and Kueng and Lane continue to hold Floyd down.
Thao interacts with bystanders at the scene, and orders them to keep back. At one point, he pushes a bystander back. Thao also forbids an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter, Genevieve Hansen, from providing medical aid to Floyd.
Thao can be heard on bystander cellphone video telling the onlookers, “This is why you don’t do drugs, kids.”
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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment
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