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Former police officer sentenced to 3 years in prison for killing George Floyd

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Thomas Lane — who is already serving a 2.5-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison after being convicted last February of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights — watched the Hennepin County judge announce the verdict via video link.

A former Minneapolis police officer was sentenced today to three years in prison after pleading guilty to complicity in the murder of African-American George Floyd, which shocked international opinion in May 2020.

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Thomas Lane — who is already serving a 2.5-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison after being convicted last February of violating Floyd’s constitutional rights — watched the Hennepin County judge announce the verdict via video link.

Lane, 39, was one of four police officers involved in the dramatic arrest that claimed the life of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, outside a Minneapolis grocery store after they believed he used a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

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Lane’s colleague, Derek Chauvin, was captured on cellphone video kneeling on the immobilized Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. The images sparked angry protests against racism and police brutality across US states. Derek Chauvin was eventually sentenced to 22.5 years in prison.

The other two officers involved in the arrest, Tu Tao and Alexander Kueng, will go on trial next month. Lane and Kueng held Floyd’s legs during the brutal arrest, while Tao pushed back frightened bystanders who were asking officers to let Floyd go, who was screaming that he couldn’t breathe before he passed out.

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