MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Three former Minneapolis police officers accused of federal civil rights violations in the death of George Floyd will stand trial on January 20.
The date of the trial was given Thursday in a file, the proceedings to be held in Saint-Paul. November court records showed jury summons had been sent by that date, but the new record was the first official confirmation.
Tou Thao, J. Kueng and Thomas Lane will be on trial approximately nine months after Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020. His murder was filmed by a passerby and galvanized protests against police brutality around the United States and beyond.
Chauvin, who is white, rested his knee against Floyd’s neck for up to 9 and a half minutes while Floyd, who was black, gasped that he couldn’t breathe and eventually went limp.
Thao, Kueng, and Lane will stand trial this spring on separate charges of aiding and complicity in Floyd’s death, but the federal trial will go first. They are widely accused in the federal case of depriving Floyd of his rights while he was acting under the authority of the government.
According to evidence from the state’s case against Chauvin, Kueng and Lane helped restrain Floyd, 46, while he was on the ground. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane held Floyd’s legs up. Thao restrained passers-by and prevented them from intervening while he was being restrained.
Chauvin was sentenced to 22 and a half years on his state convictions. He pleaded guilty last month to a single federal charge in Floyd’s death, but has yet to be convicted of the crime. Federal prosecutors are asking for a 25-year prison sentence.