BREAKING: Jury Finds Minneapolis Ex-Cops Guilty of Violating George Floyd’s Rights
A Minnesota federal jury found three former police officers involved in the arrest of George Floyd guilty of violating his constitutional rights Thursday.
The 12-person jury deliberated for almost two full days before delivering the verdict that found the officers guilty of failing to aid Floyd while Derek Chauvin pinned him down on May 25, 2020, Fox 9 reports.
Former officers J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao were found guilty on all counts, including of depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights by failing to render medical aid, according to the outlet.
Kueng and Thao were also found guilty of failing to intervene to stop Chauvin’s use of unreasonable force.
Prosecutors argued the officers “chose to do nothing” while Chauvin squeezed the life out of Floyd.
The defense argued the officers were too inexperienced and were not trained properly and did not willfully violate Floyd’s rights.
The three of them still face a separate criminal trial charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter, which is scheduled for June in Minnesota.