For the most part, while justice may have prevailed for George Floyd and his family, in light of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, it isn’t entirely over as the three other police officers implicated are yet to be brought to book.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty on two counts of murder and guilty on one count of manslaughter in Floyd’s death in May 2020. The man was seen on video pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes before he eventually died. The police had arrested him after an employee at a convenience store claimed Floyd bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.

Chauvin and the other three former officers – Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane – were fired the day after Floyd’s death.

During the incident, police struggled to force Floyd into a squad and they (Kueng, Lane and Chauvin) resorted to pinning him to the ground instead.

What role did the three officers play in George Floyd’s death?

According to prosecutors, once George Floyd was down, Kueng, was kneeling on his back, positioned between Chauvin and Lane.

The three officers were arrested and subsequently charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. If convicted and sentenced, the trio could spend as long as 40 years in prison.

They were all released on $750 000 bail, ahead of their trial, which is set to get underway on 23 August 2021.

Despite the compelling video evidence, which was recorded by a female eyewitness on her cellphone, Chauvin’s defence argued that he acted the way any reasonable police officer would and that there were other underlying factors that may have contributed to Floyd’s death, including cardiovascular issues and drug abuse.

Floyd’s death sparked a wave of Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the world, calling for an end to racial profiling by police.

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Presh JM Reporter

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