Tou Thao found guilty for role in George Floyd’s death

Thao was found guilty of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. His sentencing will take place on Aug. 7.

Tou Thao
Tou Thao/Hennepin County Sheriff's Office

(Daily Caller News Foundation) — Tou Thao, a former Minneapolis police officer, was found guilty for his role in the murder of George Floyd in May 2020, according to court documents.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill announced the decision late Monday night, stating that Thao was guilty of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter and that his sentencing will take place on Aug. 7, according to court documents. The conviction of Thao happened three years after Floyd’s death, which sparked violent nationwide protests lasting for several months.

On May 25, 2020, police officers restrained Floyd while former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck, making it difficult for Floyd to breathe. Chauvin was eventually charged with, and convicted of, second-degree murder, among other charges.

Thao was one of three other police officers federally charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while “failing to render medical assistance,” according to court documents.

While Thao didn’t physically restrain Floyd, he “encouraged his colleagues’ dangerous prone restraint of Floyd while holding back a crowd of concerned bystanders begging the officers to render medical aid,” according to court documents. Moreover, Thao seemed aware of Floyd’s inability to respond and that he had stopped showing any sign of vitality, the documents state.

Thao also prevented “an off-duty Minneapolis firefighter from rendering the medical aid Floyd so desperately needed” and retrieved a device known as a hobble that could have helped save Floyd’s life, according to the court documents.

“Thao’s actions were even more unreasonable in light of the fact he was under a duty to intervene to stop the other officers’ excessive use of force and was trained to render medical aid,” the documents state.


Lorenzo Prieto