More than two years after the killing of African American George Floyd in a police operation in the USA, another ex-police officer involved has to go to prison: Thomas Lane (39) was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Thursday in a federal court in St. Paul, Minnesota , as reported by the “New York Times” and the broadcaster CNN, among others. White ex-cop Derek Chauvin, who pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, was sentenced to 22 years and six months for murder in a Minneapolis court. He’s already serving that sentence. Earlier this month, a federal court sentenced the 46-year-old to an additional 21 years in prison.
In February, Lane and his colleagues Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who were also involved at the time, were found guilty in federal court in St. Paul of violating Floyd’s constitutional civil rights. The ex-police officers were accused of not providing medical assistance. Kueng and Thao were also found guilty of failing to try to stop Chauvin’s use of violence. The sentences against these two men have not yet been announced.