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Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane was sentenced to three years in prison for his involvement in the 2020 killing of George Floyd as part of a plea deal that sparked nationwide protests over police brutality and racial justice .

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Lane – a white man who helped stop Floyd, a black man who was killed in May 2020 after Lane’s colleague Derek Chauvin pinned him to the ground with his knee on his neck for nine and a half minutes – He pleaded guilty to charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder in May.

Lane’s attorney and state prosecutors both had recommended A three-year sentence for Lane, who was already serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence on a federal conviction for Floyd’s civil rights violations.

Meanwhile, Chauvin, who has admitted that he put his knee on Floyd’s neck because he heard him say he couldn’t breathe, sent him to federal prison on July 20 for violating Floyd’s civil rights. years, which he is serving as well as a state sentence of 22.5 years for the murder of Floyd.

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Two other Minneapolis officials, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao will be tried next month on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on charges of aiding and abetting. On separate federal civil rights charges, Kueng has already been sentenced to three years in prison, while Thao has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

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Lane, Thao and Kueng pleaded not guilty The charges were dismissed by the state on charges of murder and aiding and abetting murder and quashing a plea deal in April. three were found Criminal A federal jury in February "deliberately" failed to prevent Chauvin from using unnecessary force to deny Floyd his constitutional rights that resulted in Floyd's death. Lane pleaded guilty in May to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. As part of the plea deal, Lane admitted that he helped catch Floyd, despite knowing there was a serious risk of death. Lane's lawyer, Earl Gray Told new York Times In May, his client didn't want to risk losing the case because he had a newborn in whose life he "wanted to be a part of." Footage of the George Floyd murder shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes, ignoring Floyd's repeated plea, "I can't breathe." All four officers were fired a day after the death. Evidence suggests that Lane twice asked if officers should turn Floyd on his side, but helped put him down on the sidewalk despite Floyd's pleas, according to NBC News. Floyd's killing sparked widespread calls for police accountability and a nationwide countdown on racial justice.

Former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to 3 years in George Floyd murder (NBC News)

Former cop Lane gets 3 years for aiding in Floyd's death (The Associated Press)