Arrest for two police officers inactive during the killing of George Floyd

The U.S. judiciary has sentenced two police officers to prison terms for failing to intervene during the killing of George Floyd in a tragedy that sparked massive anti-racism demonstrations in the United States in 2020.

Federal Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced 28-year-old Alexander Koenig to three years in prison and 36-year-old Tu Toe to three and a half years in prison during a brief hearing in St. Paul’s Court.

Two men were convicted in February of “violating the civil rights” of African Americans, and a third police officer, Thomas Lane, was sentenced last week to two and a half years in prison.

The US federal judiciary has accused three men of failing to provide the necessary assistance to George Floyd during his suffering under the knee of their colleague Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced to 21 years in prison.

Chauvin continued to press on Floyd’s neck for about ten minutes until he died.

On May 25, 2020, a Minneapolis dealer called the police to accuse George Floyd of pushing a counterfeit $20 bill into his store.

Having hardly put this huge man in their car, they pressed him to the ground in handcuffs. Derek Chauvin put his knee on his neck, while two other policemen were by his side, and Tu Thau prevented passers-by from approaching.

The policemen did not move, despite the sigh of a forty-year-old man and his loss of consciousness.

The scene, filmed and posted online, sparked widespread protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and abroad.

Source: AFP

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