Following Derek Chauvin’s guilty verdict, three other police officers are awaiting trial in Minneapolis

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all charges, but that is not the end of the prosecution for George Floyd’s death. Cases are pending against three other officers involved in the fatal arrest.

The three officers – Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – both face two charges: aiding and abetting second-degree murder, which has a maximum sentence of 40 years, although Reuters reports that the sentencing guidelines reduce it to 15 years; and aiding and abetting second-degree murder with a maximum sentence of 10 years.

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L to R: Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, Derek Chauvin, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are seen in arrest photos.

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After a jury found Chauvin guilty Tuesday all three count he faced in George Floyd’s death – second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree murder – Ben Crump, a lawyer for Floyd’s family, called the case “a turning point in American history of accountability in law enforcement.” Then prosecutors will present their case against the other three officers if Joint trial is scheduled to begin Aug. 23.

All three have been released from prison after sending a $ 750,000 bond. All of the officers were fired from Minneapolis police just days after Floyd’s death.

Lane, who was 37 at the time, and Keung, who was 26, were the first to approach Floyd while sitting in his car, after receiving a call about a man allegedly using a forged bill of 20 dollars. Lane approached the driver’s side, where Floyd was sitting, and as they spoke, he pulled out his gun and pointed to Floyd’s window until Floyd put his hands on the steering wheel. Lane then put the gun back in his holster, prosecutors said.

Lane ordered Floyd to leave his car and handcuffed him, telling him he had been arrested for having counterfeit money. Prosecutors said after Keung and Lane tried to walk Floyd to their police photo, he froze and fell to the ground, telling officers he was not opposed but did not want to get in the back seat of the car and was claustrophobic.

At the time, prosecutors said officers Chauvin and Thao arrived.

Chauvin, then 44, was the tallest of the four officers and had been in the police force for nearly 20 years. Thao, then 34, had rejoined the force in 2012 after being fired as a rookie in 2009. He had previously been the subject of an excessive litigation, for which the victim received a $ 25,000 settlement.

Officers made several attempts to get Floyd into a police bus when Floyd, whose hands were tied behind his back, repeatedly told them he could not breathe.

Chauvin then dragged Floyd down to earth in a scene that has since been seen millions of times in cell phone video captured by teenager Darnella Frazier. While Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck, Kueng held Floyd’s back and Lane held his legs.

Floyd repeatedly said, “I can not breathe,” and shouted for his mother.

Thao watched as the other three officers detained Floyd. Prosecutors say he was concerned about the number of spectators who had gathered and stood between officers and citizens. When a spectator stepped out of the sidewalk and asked Chauvin to get off Floyd, prosecutors said Thao “laid his hands on the citizen to hold him back.”

One of these spectators, Donald Williams, took the stand on the first day of Chauvin’s trial, testifying that when Thao ordered spectators to hold back, he told them, “This is what drugs do to you.”

Williams said Thao “controlled the people – he controlled me,” adding, “He was the guy who let it go on while it went on.”

Prosecutors also said that at one point, while holding back Floyd’s legs, Lane asked, “Shall we roll him on his side?” Chauvin replied, “No, stay where we got him.”

Lane said, “I’m worried about agitated delirium or whatever,” referring to a controversial phrase often quoted by police and paramedics to describe a condition sometimes associated with drug use. Chauvin replied, “That’s why we have him on his stomach.”

About 8 minutes and 24 seconds into the video, prosecutors said Floyd stopped moving. Lane asked, “Will you roll him on his side?” Keung checked Floyd’s wrist for a pulse and said, “I could not find one.”

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