“prosecutors repeatedly played videos showing Floyd’s distress was plain to bystanders, including children and an off-duty firefighter”
The legal fallout of the George Floyd case in Minneapolis continues as three of the former police officers involved have now been charged with violating Floyd’s civil rights.
The Associated Press reports:
3 ex-cops convicted of rights violations in Floyd killing
Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted Thursday of violating George Floyd’s civil rights, as a federal jury rejected their arguments that inexperience, improper training or the distraction of shouting bystanders excused them from failing to prevent Floyd’s killing.
Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane were convicted of depriving Floyd of his right to medical care as the 46-year-old Black man was pinned under fellow Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee for 9 1/2 minutes while handcuffed, facedown on the street on May 25, 2020. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, Lane held his legs and Thao kept bystanders back.
Thao and Kueng were also convicted of failing to intervene to stop Chauvin in the videotaped killing that sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the globe as part of a reckoning over racial injustice.
Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd called the verdicts “accountability,” but added: “There can never be justice because I can never get George back.”
And Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said he hoped the verdicts would change laws and policies to “protect people from these situations.” He also said the outcome “sends a message that says, if you murder or use excessive or deadly force, there’s consequences that follow.”
Some people are calling the decision unfair.
This is injustice. Finding guilt for Chauviun is one thing, but the other officers actually did express concern for Floyd and were overruled by a senior officer.
This is a media conviction. https://t.co/KPRGTyGnw6
— Rekieta Media (@RekietaMedia) February 24, 2022
Newsmax has more on this and notes that the prosecution played the video of Floyd’s arrest repeatedly in response to the defense:
All three testified in their own defense. Each acknowledged they knew they had a duty of care to people in their custody. But they and their lawyers told jurors they did not realize at the time that Floyd was in dire need of medical aid or that Chauvin’s use of force was excessive and so they could not have been acting with deliberate indifference.
To rebuff this, prosecutors repeatedly played videos showing Floyd’s distress was plain to bystanders, including children and an off-duty firefighter, who shouted that Floyd was passing out and begging the police to check his pulse.
The three defendants all described deferring to the authority of Chauvin, the most senior officer at the scene with 19 years at the Minneapolis Police Department. They said they assumed he must know what he was doing.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz commented on Twitter:
Three former Minneapolis police officers were convicted by a federal jury today of depriving George Floyd of his civil rights. This verdict won’t bring George Floyd back, but it moves our state closer to being a more just and safe place for all Minnesotans.
— Governor Tim Walz (@GovTimWalz) February 25, 2022
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