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Unrepentant Ex-Minneapolis Officer Gets Almost 5 Years for George Floyd Killing

August 8, 2023 | By Kali Girl

ABC News reports, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, convicted in state court for his involvement in the killing of George Floyd, received a sentence of 4 years and 9 months.

During the sentencing, Thao did not express remorse or admit to any wrongdoing. He had previously described his role as that of a “human traffic cone,” claiming he simply held back bystanders while former Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes, despite Floyd’s pleas for his life.

During the sentencing hearing, Thao said that he had no intention of causing harm on that fateful day. He discussed his spiritual transformation during his time in prison, highlighting his growth as a Christian.

However, he disavowed any culpability for Floyd’s death. Thao’s statements were riddled with biblical references, as he drew parallels between the sufferings and false accusations faced by figures like Job and Jesus.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who previously convicted Thao for aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in May, expressed his wish to hear some form of remorse from Thao on Monday.

“After three years of reflection, I was hoping for a little more remorse, regret, acknowledgement of some responsibility — and less preaching” he said.

“I did not commit these crimes,” Thao said. “My conscience is clear. I will not be a Judas nor join a mob in self-preservation or betray my God.”

Thao received a concurrent sentence with his 3 1/2-year federal civil rights conviction, which was upheld by an appeals court.

He will complete the federal sentence before being transferred to a Minnesota state prison to serve the remaining few months with credit for time served.

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