The prosecution rested Monday in the federal civil rights trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights.
Former officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao told US District Judge Paul Magnuson they planned to testify in their own defense.
Thomas Lane, the rookie officer who held down Floyd’s legs during the fatal restraint, also planned to take the stand during the trial, his attorney Earl Gray told the court last month during opening statements. However, on Monday, Gray told Magnuson he wanted to speak with Lane about it overnight before giving a final decision.
The federal civil rights trial comes more than a year after former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck and back for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Continue Reading