- Tou Thao, one of three former police officers charged with George Floyd’s death, ignored bystanders who pleaded for help, prosecutors alleged.
- Thao and fellow ex-cops J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are all charged with depriving Floyd of his right to medical care.
- Thao and Kueng are additionally charged with failing to intervene to stop Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of Floyd’s murder last April.
- Jurors of Thao’s case are expected to begin deliberations today.
Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao ignored bystanders who pleaded for someone to help George Floyd as Derek Chauvin knelt on him, according to prosecutors.
In closing arguments on Tuesday — part of a month-long federal trial — prosecutors concluded that Thao, along with J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, all “chose to do nothing” in the moment of Floyd’s plight, which eventually led to his death on May 25, 2020.
Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, alongside officers Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, will remain charged in relation to the fatal arrest of George Floyd back in May.
Charges remain: Judge Peter Cahill refused to drop charges against the three defendants in connection to the high profile murder, KARE11 reported.
Tou Thao, one of the former Minnesota Police Officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in May, has been released on bail.
The 34-year-old fired officer posted a $750,000 bond on July 4, according to Hennepin County jail records.
The four officers involved in George Floyd’s death, which has sparked a rise in protests throughout the U.S., have been charged.
The importance: Derek Chauvin, the man who put Floyd in an unauthorized chokehold and eventually killed him on May 25, was fired on the day after but hadn’t been charged yet. The three other officers, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng have also officially been acknowledged as accessories to the murder and will be taken into custody.
Claims from social media users saying that Derek Chauvin’s wife, Kellie Chauvin, is the sister of Tou Thao, the other officer involved in the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis has been debunked.
Amanda Mason-Sekula, Kellie’s lawyer, said in an email that her family was harassed by a false rumor that the wife and the Hmong police officer were related, according to Snopes.
Blong Simba Vang, 21, and Tou La Thao, 17, have been charged for allegedly bringing guns to Appleton East High School in Wisconsin to retaliate against another student.
Vang and Thao have both been charged with child abuse with intent to cause harm, while the 21-year-old also faces felony charges of bail jumping and possession of a firearm on school grounds.