2 ex-cops charged in George Floyd killing reject plea deals
Two former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing told a judge that they have rejected plea deals that would have resulted in three-year sentences
Two former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd's killing told a judge Monday that they have rejected plea deals that would have resulted in three-year sentences, setting the stage for trial in October. Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. They and Thomas Lane were working with Derek Chauvin when he pinned Floyd’s neck with his knee for more than nine minutes as the 46-year-old Black man said he couldn’t breathe and eventually grew still.
Thao, Kueng and Lane were convicted in federal court in February of violating Floyd's civil rights. Lane, who is white, held Floyd's legs and twice asked if he should be turned on his side, and was sentenced to 2 1/2 years. Thao, who is Hmong American, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years. Kueng, who is Black, pinned Floyd's back, and was sentenced to 3 years. Thao and Kueng are appealing their federal convictions. Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years on the federal civil rights charge. He remains in the state's maximum security prison at Oak Park Heights pending his transfer to federal prison. The other three remain free on bail.
Ex-cop Lane will report to Colorado prison in George Floyd killing
Thomas Lane will do his time at the low-security Englewood Federal Correctional Institution.
Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was sentenced to 2 1/2 years for violating George Floyd’s civil rights, will do his time at a low-security federal prison camp in Colorado. A court order Tuesday directs Lane to report to the Federal Correctional Institution Englewood on Aug. 30. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson had recommended that the Bureau of Prisons send Lane to the low-security prison camp in Duluth, closer to his home, but the bureau makes the final decisions on where to place inmates, including weighing safety concerns. According to the Bureau of Prisons website, FCI Englewood is a low-security prison for men with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp. It holds 1,032 inmates, including 97 at the camp. Housing is dormitory or cubicle style. Life there is highly regimented, including frequent head counts and having to wake at dawn.
George Floyd's friend to plead the Fifth to avoid testifying in trial for former Minneapolis cops Thao, Keung
George Floyd’s friend who was with him before he died while Minnesota police were bringing him into custody indicated that he plans to plead the Fifth in the upcoming state trial for two of the ex-cops. Morries Lester Hall, who was with Floyd before he was killed on May 25, 2020, has indicated that he intends to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination again if called to testify in the upcoming trial of former officers, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, both of whom are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. His public defender, Adrienne Cousins, wrote of Hall’s plan in a motion filed on Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Hall previously decided to plead the Fifth in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of Floyd’s murder and sentenced to 22 1/2 years.
Wichita to hire firm that consulted after Breonna Taylor, George Floyd police killings
Secret messages among Wichita-area law enforcement. A pattern of racism and disdain for people shot by police has surfaced in private messages between a small group of Wichita-area law enforcement officers, including several who have shot civilians. Wichita plans to hire one of the nation's top law enforcement consulting firms to help reform its police force after a series of incidents city officials say have eroded trust in City Hall. Jensen Hughes, formerly Hillard Heintze, has been selected as the best of nine bidders for a cultural assessment of the Wichita Police Department. A contract with the Chicago-based consulting firm will go to the City Council for approval Tuesday. The firm which Mayor Brandon Whipple described as a "dream team of law enforcement officials, academics and legal minds" — has a history of issuing sobering reports on police departments in the wake of controversy and recommending sweeping changes to police oversight, transparency and accountability.
Convicted killer of George Floyd transferred to Tucson prison
Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken by U.S. marshals from a state prison and is headed to a federal facility to serve his time for killing George Floyd more than two years ago, a Minnesota corrections spokesperson said. Fired Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was taken by U.S. marshals from a state prison and is headed to a federal facility to serve his time for killing George Floyd more than two years ago, a Minnesota corrections spokesperson said. Marshals Service spokesperson Michael Fuller said Chauvin was being flown to a federal prison, but he did not know the location of that facility. Fuller said Chauvin would likely be in ground transportation if bound for one of Minnesota’s federal lockups. Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson sentenced Chauvin in July to more than 20 years in prison for violating the civil rights of Floyd and a Black Minneapolis teen. That is less than the term he was already serving on state murder charges for killing Floyd while arresting him in May 2020.
Study finds wave of activism after George Floyd's murder drew from multiple issues, identities
The Washington, D.C. demonstrations that followed George Floyd's death mark some of the most racially diverse protests against racial injustice. University of Maryland Professors Dana R. Fisher and Stella Rouse find that these participants were not only motivated by systemic racism, but also by other salient issues that were specifically tied to their personal identities, according to research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By resonating with individuals' subgroup identities, our paper shows how movements can mobilize a more diverse crowd," said Fisher, a faculty member in the Department of Sociology. "The protests after George Floyd was murdered in summer 2020 were the largest sustained mobilization in American history. This type of sustained and diverse activism has real potential to motivate great social change."
What have we learned two years on from the murder of George Floyd On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police killed George Floyd, igniting a wave of protests for racial justice across America and beyond. Two years later, we're looking back with Pride & Protest, a package of stories about activism, the Black Lives matter movement, and the fight to change the world.
Manchester chief says department has learned from cop sharing meme mocking George Floyd; advocates remain concerned about permissive culture
After a Manchester officer reported concerns about another officer's sharing of a meme making light of George Floyd's murder, internal investigators and police supervisors said they thought the action was racially insensitive, prompting the chief to require annual training on bias and sensitivity. But racial justice advocates say the episode remains concerning.The 2021 incident came to light last month when police officer Christian Horn was promoted to sergeant and the Union Leader learned Horn had been suspended for several days, demoted and received sensitivity training after he shared a meme that seems to mock Floyd's murder. The Union Leader and the American Civil Liberties Union of New Hampshire submitted Right-to-Know requests for a report and related documents from the police department's professional standards investigator.
Cleveland To Pay $540K To 12 People Arrested During George Floyd Protests
Attorneys for twelve people arrested after protesting in downtown Clevelandfollowing the murder of George Floyd in 2020 will receive a $540,000 settlement from the city, the Associated Press reports.
According to the AP, some of the 12 suffered minor injuries, including being hit with pepper spray during protests on May 30, 2020, which were organized after Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in April 2021 of murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death after pressing his knee on his neck for more than nine minutes. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.
Civil rights attorney Sarah Gelsomino, who filed lawsuits against the city of Cleveland with her partner Terry Gilbert, said that those arrested had protested peacefully and caused no destruction or violence, but still ended up in jail. They will split the money equally, and the city has agreed to remove the charges from the records of the protestothe.
Ex-cop Thomas Lane gets 3 years for role in George Floyd’s death
Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer who pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Lane held down Floyd's legs as he cried out that he couldn't breathe, while another former officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020. Lane pleaded guilty in May to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. State prosecutors and Lane's attorney had jointly recommended a three-year sentence — which is below the sentencing guidelines. No media or other members of the public, including family members of Lane or Floyd, were allowed to attend the hearing at the Hennepin County Government Center.
New children's book looks at George Floyd protests through the eyes of young girl
A Twin Cities puppeteer has a new career he never imagined. During the pandemic, Ty Chapman tried something new, writing a kids book with a deep purpose.The marching, the chanting, the passion. Over the past few years, it's become part of the become part of the Minnesota landscape, and it's not just adults who are watching "I think often we talk down to kids or shield them from certain information, and then they go to school and they get it anyway," Chapman said. Chapman knows how to relate to kids. He was a theater teacher and puppeteer. "I was making marionettes -- shadow puppets, for those familiar with May Day, the large scale puppets that would parade down the street," he said.Then came the pandemic. As Chapman tried to get back on his feet, another blow -- the murder of George Floyd. He began mourning, and then he began working on his first-ever children's book: "Sarah Rising."
George Floyd Biography Among Nominees for National Book Award
A biography of the late George Floyd is among the works included on lists of nominees for the National Book Awards. “His Name Is George Floyd: One Man’s Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice,” by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, is a nonfiction nominee, The Associated Press reports. The tome “reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd’s life and legacy—from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing—telling the story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change,” per Penguin Random House. Floyd was murdered by members of the Minneapolis Police Department on May 25, 2020. He was killed outside of a convenience store by white officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for roughly 9 1/2 minutes until he lost consciousness and died. Chauvin was ultimately convicted on state charges of murder and manslaughter as well as federal civil rights offenses for killing Floyd. He was sentenced to 21 years in prison.