After Floyd’s death, next to the other three former police officers


Minneapolis (AP) — Former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin Sentenced to federal prison, Attention is paid to the fate of three former police officers who are still through the complex network of state and federal court proceedings resulting from the murder of George Floyd.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane are still waiting for their ruling Convicted of federal civil rights accusations During February. Lane is awaiting a state court ruling after pleading guilty to reducing the charges in the state court. Meanwhile, Sao and Quen will be tried in October for supporting both murder and manslaughter and being charged with manslaughter.

Kyuen and Lane help detain Floyd, and Chauvin, a white man, kneels for nearly nine and a half minutes to squeeze Floyd, despite a breathless plea for a black man who is handcuffed and unarmed. Killed. Sao helped curb a group of increasingly worried spectators in a scene outside the Minneapolis convenience store where Floyd tried to pass a counterfeit $ 20 invoice in August 2020.

Let’s see what’s still coming in this legal process that has flowed from Killings that led to global protests When National calculation of racial injustice:

Chauvin’s future

Judge Paul Magnuson of the US District Court sentenced him to 21 years in prison for federal civil rights on Thursday. Twenty years after Floyd’s murder, he was sentenced to more than a year after Chauvin’s previous assault on a 14-year-old boy. Chauvin has been granted seven months of service, and in a federal judgment he still has 20 one-thirds (245 months) of grace and then five years of release under surveillance.

As of Friday, Chauvin was in the state’s largest prison in Oak Park Heights. Last year he was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison after being convicted by a state court for murder and manslaughter. His state and federal judgments are being executed at the same time. However, due to differences in state and federal parole rules, he actually spends a little more time behind the bar of federal judgments than he faced with state judgments alone.

Chauvin he Accepted a plea bargain on federal crime During December.However He probably thought it was preferable He was in a cell in a state prison for his own safety. Had he been among the general public in a state prison, he would have run the risk of encountering the people he had arrested. Magnason expressed his hope in Thursday’s ruling that the prison bureau would keep him in simpler terms and not too far from his family in Minnesota and Iowa. However, his placement is station-dependent and can take weeks to move him.

While Chauvin waived his right to appeal a federal conviction Proceedings of his state beliefs It is on hold.He is also facing A pair of federal civil rights proceedings.

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Magnason has not set a judgment date for Sao, Quen, and Lane, who remain on bail.Federal prosecutors have already asked judges to give Sao and Quen Shortening sentence More “substantially higher” than Chauvin, but more than 5 1/4 to 6 1/2 years they are seeking lanes.

Sao’s lawyer, Robert Paul, is seeking a two-year sentence. The nomination from Cuen’s lawyer, Thomas Prankett, remained sealed, and Prankett did not immediately return a call for comment on Friday.

Earl Gray, Lane’s lawyer, demanded 27 months. If this is approved, the lane will be released after two years. That’s when Lane qualifies for release in his recommended state judgment. Lane’s plea bargain on state accusations to encourage and assist manslaughter requires three years. Under the Minnesota system, prisoners are entitled to parole after two-thirds of their sentence, subject to good behavior. Under the federal system, you will be eligible after 85%.

Magnason expressed sympathy when he told Chauvin on Thursday that he “completely destroyed the lives of three young officers by directing the scene.” However, the evidence presented in their trial proved that they could not stop Chauvin, even though they could still save Floyd’s life. Magnason gave Chauvin a little break by imposing a lower sentence than the prosecutor wanted, but did not show how he would treat Sao, Quen, or Lane.

Future in state court

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cayhill plans Lane’s decision on September 21st. The prosecutor and Gray jointly recommend three years. He will serve it at the same time as his federal judgment and in federal prison.

Cahill has set up a trial for Thao and Kueng. Refuse to offer a judicial transaction Just a while ago It will start on October 24th. However, his order left the possibility that the deal would still be completed. He said the court would not accept plea bargaining unless a plea hearing was scheduled “within 15 days” after the defendant’s federal judgment.

When Sao and Quen are brought to trial, the major difference with Chauvin is that most proceedings It will not be televised or livestreamed. Cahill has made a rare exception to Chauvin’s trial due to the dangers of COVID-19. However, he determined that the risk of a pandemic was mitigated until he was bound by the usual restrictions on cameras in the state court system. This will allow the camera in the “pre-guilt” stage only if all parties agree, but the judgment will be easier.

Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Laurie Gildea is impressed by how smoothly live audiovisual coverage worked during Chauvin’s trial and considers whether the rules should be relaxed to the court’s advisory board. I asked. However, the split panel recommended that there were no major changes in last week’s final report. Liberalization is left to the Minnesota Supreme Court, but there is no deadline for the decision.