Former police officer sentenced to 2.5 years for Floyd killing

by | Jul 21, 2022 | World

Thomas Lane is one of four Minneapolis officers who have been charged with the killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.A former police officer was sentenced to two and half years in prison on federal charges stemming from his role in the killing of George Floyd, an incident that sparked protests around the globe against police brutality and racism.
Thomas Lane was sentenced on Thursday for depriving Floyd of medical care as he lay dying under officer Derek Chauvin’s knee in May 2020.
“Mr Lane, this is a very serious offence, in which a life was lost,” sentencing judge Paul Magnuson said. “The fact that you did not get up and remove Mr Chauvin when Mr Floyd became unconscious is a violation of the law.”
The sentencing came more than two years after the killing of Floyd, who was Black, sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world over racial injustice in policing, and launched a national reckoning on race.
Lane had asked his colleagues twice whether George Floyd should be turned on his side [File: Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP]
Lane, 39, who is white, held Floyd’s legs as Chauvin pinned Floyd for nearly nine and a half minutes. Two other officers, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were also convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights and will be sentenced later. Lane faces a separate sentencing on September 21 in state court after changing his plea there to guilty to a reduced charge of aiding and abetting manslaughter.
Magnuson on Thursday held up 145 letters of support for Lane — he said he had never received so many on behalf of a defendant — and faulted the Minneapolis Police Department for sending him out with another rookie on the call that ended with Floyd’s killing.
Federal prosecutors had asked for a sentence of up to six a …

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