Former police officer sentenced to prison for involvement in Floyd’s death

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Los Ángeles (EE.UU.) (EFE).- El explicía Alexander Kueng fue sentenciado a tres años y medio de prisión por su implicación en el asesinato del afroamericano George Floyd en mayo de 2020, un sueso que desencadenó una ola de protestas raciales in the USA.

The sentence is produced under an agreement reached between Kueng and the prosecutor’s office whereby the former agent pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder on the first day of this trial, in a court of State, in October.

In exchange, the charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter was dropped.

File photo of a violinist playing in front of a mural of George Floyd. EFE/CRAIG LASSIG

Kueng appeared in court in Hennepin, Minnesota, virtually from federal prison in Ohio, where he is serving time for violation of Floyd’s civil rights in another lawsuit against him by federal means.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after one of Kueng’s colleagues, now former agent Derek Chauvin, drove his knee into the neck and back of the handcuffed, face-down African American man for more nine minutes.

The incident sparked a wave of protests and race riots in the United States not seen since the assassination of Martin Luther King in the late 1960s.

People with banners attend a George Floyd memorial rally in a file image. EFE/FABIO FRUSTACI

Another police officer, Thomas Lane, a rookie officer on his fourth day on the job, tied Floyd’s legs together during the arrest, while Kueng held down his torso and Officer Tou Thao restrained a crowd of angry passers-by.

Chauvin was convicted last year of murder and manslaughter at a state trial and sentenced to more than 22 years in prison.

Additionally, he pleaded guilty to federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights in December and was sentenced to 21 years in prison, to run concurrently with his state sentence.

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