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Ex-officer Tou Thao ignored bystanders’ pleas to help George Floyd, prosecutors claim

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  • 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.

Murder Charge Upgraded on Derek Chauvin, 3 Other Cops Involved Charged in George Floyd’s Death

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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.

DEBUNKED: Kellie Chauvin and Minnesota Officer Tou Thao Are Not Siblings

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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.

Two Men Charged for Bringing Guns to Wisconsin High School to Confront Girlfriend’s Bully

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.