The former Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s back while another officer kneeled on the Black man’s neck was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison on Friday.
J. In October, Alexander Kueng admitted to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter by pleading guilty. In return, a charge of helping to kill someone was dropped. Kueng is already serving a federal sentence for violating Floyd’s civil rights, and he will serve both the state and federal sentences at the same time.
Kueng showed up at the hearing from a federal prison in Ohio via video. When he was given a chance to talk to the court, he turned it down.
With credit for time already served and different rules for parole in the state and federal systems, Kueng will probably spend about 2 1/2 years in jail all together.
Floyd’s family members could have talked about how the crime affected them, but none of them did. Family attorney Ben Crump, who has worked on some of the most high-profile police killings of Black people in the country, said in a statement before the hearing that Kueng’s sentence “delivers yet another piece of justice for the Floyd family. ”
“Even though George’s family will have to go through another holiday season without him, we hope that moments like this will give them some peace, knowing that George’s death was not in vain,” he said.