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Three ex-Minneapolis police officers found guilty on civil rights charges in George Floyd case

The trial comes after fellow ex-officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty in December to violating Floyds' civil rights.

Published: February 24, 2022 4:49pm

Updated: February 24, 2022 5:19pm

Three former Minneapolis police officers have been found guilty of violating George Floyd's civil rights.

The trial comes after fellow ex-officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty in December to violating Floyds' civil rights. He was convicted of murder and manslaughter in April 2021 for the death of Floyd the previous year.

The jury with eight women and four men reached a verdict Thursday after deliberating for more than 12 hours, CNN reports.

Former Officers J. Alexander Kueng, 28, Thomas Lane, 28, and Tou Thao, 36, faced charges of failing to provide medical care to Floyd, Just the News reported. Thao and Kueng also faced charges of willfully failing to intervene to stop Chauvin's use of force.

"They had opportunity and means to (help) and didn't ... Disregarding that is willfulness," Assistant U.S. Attorney LeeAnn Bell said in closing arguments, according to CNN.

The three former officers took the stand in their defense, which Chauvin did not do during his trial. Lane had been a police officer for just four days before the incident, CNN reports. He and Kueng were the first on the scene before Floyd's death.

Both Lane and Keung testified that Floyd resisted arrest.

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