This week one of the remaining defendants in the state prosecution of Minneapolis police involved with the death of George Floyd pled guilty on Monday to the remaining state charges. Thomas Lane had previously pled guilty to state charges and Derek Chauvin was previously convicted in state court.
Only one defendant, Tou Thao, has now not yet either been convicted or taken a plea deal in both state and federal prosecutions. The other three defendants have now been convicted or pled guilty in both state and federal courts.
FLOYD COPS PROSECUTED BY FEDERAL AND STATE COURTS FOR OVER TWO YEARS
After this week’s plea deal was announced, defendant Tou Thao asked the state court Judge Peter Cahill to change his trial from a trial by jury to a ‘trial by stipulated facts’ which is a trial by judge. Defendant Thao chose to avoid a jury trial to have his guilt and possible punishment decided by a judge.
The four police officers primarily involved with Floyd’s death have been prosecuted by both the state and federal prosecutors for over two years.
This past July, three of the officers were sentenced in a federal criminal trial. Kueng received a three year sentence, and Thao and Lane both received a three and a half year sentence. Derek Chauvin received a 21 year federal sentence with five of those years under supervised release.
RIOTS FROM FLOYD DEATH WERE MASSIVE IN SCALE, MOST PROTESTERS WERE NOT PROSECUTED
Floyd died on May 25, 2020 and after his death was promoted by race hoaxster Shaun King, nationwide riots resulted. In the riots at least 19 were killed, thousands injured, including 2,000 injured police, 17,000 arrested, and property damages were estimated at $1-2 billion. Most of the charges against Floyd protesters were dropped.
The officers involved have been prosecuted in both state and federal courts for the Floyd death. On April 21, 2021 Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted in state court of unintentional second-degree murder, third degree murder, and second-degree murder, guilty on all counts and received a sentence of 22.5 years.
AS PROSECUTIONS CONTINUE, QUESTION OF WHAT CAUSED FLOYD DEATH CONTINUES TO RAGE
A week ago the family of George Floyd filed a $250 million suit against Kanye West for daring to suggest Floyd died from a Fentanyl drug overdose instead of from police misconduct.
Kanye West had referenced a documentary by Candace Owens, “The Greatest Lie Ever Sold: George Floyd and the rise of BLM” that pointed out that when he died, George Floyd had a fatal amount of the illegal drug fentanyl in his body.
Even in small doses, fentanyl can be deadly. Floyd had 11 nanograms of fentanyl in his body at the time of his death. Floyd’s May 2020 autopsy also reported recent meth use and serious heart disease present. USA Today declared that reports of Floyd’s fentanyl use are irrelevant because some people have reportedly survived with higher levels of the potent drug in their systems.
Enormous political, social, legal, and media pressure has been put to bear to advance the narrative that Floyd died through the actions of the police and that Floyd’s drug use was not a contributing factor.