A court in the country has sentenced a former police officer to three and a half years in prison for killing George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis, USA.
On Friday, Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, former police officer J. Alexander sentenced Kang, while the three attended court via video link from an Ohio prison; Reuters reported.
The death of Floyd, 48, after another police officer knelt on his neck in front of a store in Minneapolis in May 2020, sparked protests across the United States and then around the world. The fire of protests created in this incident brought the United States to the brink of an anti-apartheid movement.
A 9-minute video clip of this incident went viral and spread all over the world.
Alexander Kang was one of four police officers called to a Minneapolis grocery store on May 25, 2020. They tried to take Floyd into custody on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
Derek Chauvin, the senior police officer who was with the group during the scuffle, threw the handcuffed Floyd onto the road and knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes before Floyd died.
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Kang (29) was convicted in October of aiding and abetting murder. Now he was punished in that case.
He was previously sentenced to two and a half years and three and a half years in prison in two federal court cases related to Floyd’s death. He is now serving these sentences concurrently in an Ohio prison.
While Kang and fellow officer Thomas Lane helped Shavin subdue Floyd, another officer who was with them, Tou Thao, stood by but did not join them.
Kang’s sentence will give Floyd’s family a sense of justice, civil rights lawyer Ben Crump said in a statement.
Chavin was convicted in Minnesota state court and sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. A federal court also sentenced him to 21 years in prison for the same murder. Shavin is now serving these prison terms.
Three other officers with Shavin were each sentenced in July to two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half years in prison for depriving Floyd of his civil rights.