Three former officers from the Minneapolis Police Department were found guilty on February 24 as they were found to have deprived George Floyd of his civil rights. According to the federal jury of 4 men and 8 women, the ex-cops disregarded their basic training when they chose not to provide medical care when a colleague’s knee was placed on the neck of George Floyd, who was initially arrested under suspicion of using a fake 20 dollar bill. The former policemen were said to be showing deliberate indifference to Floyd’s medical needs during that time.

The jury also discovered the actions of the three ex-cops, Tou Thao, 36; J. Alexander Kueng, 28; and Thomas Lane, 38, caused Floyd’s untimely demise in the arrest made on May 25, 2020. This finding can alter the magnitude of their sentence.

Kueng and Thao were also convicted under charges of violating Floyd’s rights against the use of excessive force in an arrest when they failed to stop Derek Chauvin, the senior officer on-site, during the 9 minutes he was kneeling on Floyd’s neck. Chauvin, 45, was convicted for Floyd’s murder last year in a separate trial and was sentenced to over 22 years behind bars. It can be recalled that Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter last 2021.

“This is just accountability,” said Philonise Floyd to the reporters after the verdict. “It could never be justice because I can never get my brother back,” she said.

The three remain free on bail as they await their sentencing hearing which is yet to have a date. Prosecutors have not yet disclosed the requested sentence, but it is safe to say that the men might face many years in prison.

“That’s historic for our country because oftentimes officers kill Black and brown men and women, and we get little to no consequences. A lot of times, we don’t even get charges, let alone convictions,” said George Floyd’s nephew, Brandon Williams.

In 2019, USA Today reported that in the previous decade some 85,000 police officers were charged with a variety of offenses for crimes committed both on and off duty including, assault and battery on members of the public, planting evidence, using their badges to harass women, perjury, theft, drug dealing, drunk driving, and spousal abuse.