Following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on charges of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, many are wondering what's next for the three other officers charged with aiding and abetting Floyd's death.
Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, who assisted Chauvin during the arrest, were fired after Floyd’s demise on May 25, 2020, Fox News reported.
Floyd was being arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes at a corner market in Minneapolis. The victim panicked and pleaded to police that he was claustrophobic when they tried to put him in a squad vehicle, and they pinned him to the ground.
According to the report, Thao, Kueng and Lane had responded to reports of a "forgery in process," and did not directly cut off Floyd's breathing. The trio was later charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Both counts carry up to 40 years in prison.