Three Cops Accused In George Floyd’s Death Begin Their Federal Trial

The federal trial began Monday for three former police officers accused in the killing of George Floyd.

Former Minneapolis Police Department officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas K. Lane, and Tou Thao were all present during Floyd’s arrest on May 25, 2020, after which he died in police custody.

Floyd, a black man, told former cop Derek Chauvin that he was in pain and could not breathe as Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, even after Floyd passed out. Video of the arrest taken by bystanders went viral.

Floyd’s death sparked nationwide racial justice and anti-police brutality protests as well as violent riots in major cities.

Chauvin, who was the senior officer on the scene, was convicted in April of murdering Floyd. A state jury found Chauvin guilty on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.

He was sentenced in June to 22 and a half years in prison.- READ MORE