Justice for George Floyd Waits Until August
Derek Chauvin was chump change. He was convicted in what seemed like a slam dunk case.
One bad cop heads to the slam. Big deal.
The real deal comes in August when the three other cops, Derek Chauvin's bystanders, stand trial....three other former Minneapolis police officers — Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng — are scheduled to head to court in August.
The three men face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as second-degree manslaughter. Like Chauvin, they could each face up to 40 years in prison for the aiding and abetting murder charge, but sentencing guidelines could limit the maximum sentence to around 15 years. At a Minnesota Court of Appeals hearing scheduled for next month, the state will attempt to add a third-degree murder charge for Thao, Lane and Kueng.