Sentencing in Floyd Killing
Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison yesterday for his role in the 2020 death of George Floyd. The state sentencing marks the end for the officers present when former officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd while attempting to arrest him, ultimately killing Floyd.
Thao, who held back bystanders and referred to himself as a "human traffic cone," was convicted of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter by a state jury in May. He is already serving three and a half years in prison on federal charges. Thao will be transferred to a Minnesota state prison after finishing his federal sentence.
Chauvin is serving two concurrent prison terms: 22 and a half years for state charges and 21 years for federal civil rights charges. Former officer J. Alexander Kueng is serving a state sentence of three and a half years and a federal sentence of three years, while former officer Thomas Lane is serving a state sentence of three years and a federal sentence of two and a half years.