Black Lives Matter articles are designed to focus on campaigns against state-sanctioned racism and violence toward black people. In case you don’t know, Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement that has been around since 2013. This movement was started by Patrisse Cullors and two others. It aims to intervene in violence, which most vigilantes and law enforcement officers inflict on black communities.
The Black Lives Matter movement started becoming popular in 2014, following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. This international activist movement even became more popular after the 2020 unfortunate death of George Floyd.
According to the latest report regarding George Floyd’s unfortunate incident, the Floyd family has now received another piece of justice. This came following the sentence of Ex-Minneapolis police officer J Alexander Kueng.
Ex-US officer Alexander Kueng Pleaded Guilty
Ex-Minneapolis police officer J Alexander Kueng was one of the three officers present during George Floyd’s killing in May 2020. Floyd died after a Minneapolis officer, known as Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck and pinned him to the ground. As a way to help restrain Floyd, officer Alexander Kueng knelt on the victim’s back during the unfortunate incident. According to reports, Floyd exclaimed repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe but nothing was done about it until he passed away.
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In October 2022, Alexander Kueng pleaded guilty to state charges of assisting and supporting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. This plea deal ascertains that the ex-US officer knew from his training that kneeling on the victim’s back and pinning him down with no breathing space was deadly and unreasonable.
Black Lives Matter articles: Ex-Minneapolis police officer gets 3.5 years in prison
In the recent Black Lives Matter articles, reports have it that the ex-Minneapolis officer J Alexander Kueng has finally been sentenced in Hennepin County District Court. Recall that Kueng pleaded guilty to assisting and supporting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd in October, right before the state trials started.
Alexander Kueng appeared on Friday, 9th December, for a sentencing hearing in Hennepin County District Court. The ex-Minneapolis officer was already serving a three-year federal sentence for the violation of Floyd’s civil rights at a federal prison in Ohio.
He and his fellow ex-officers were found guilty in February in a federal court for depriving the victim of medical care and violating his civil rights. Because of this reason, Kueng was only able to join the state hearing session via a video link from the Ohio prison. Now, Kueng is expected to serve both the federal and state sentences concurrently.
The prosecution effort for the attorney general’s office in Minnesota was led by Matthew Frank. According to Frank, “Mr. Kueng was not simply a bystander that day. He did less than what some of the bystanders attempted to do in helping Mr. Floyd”.
With Kueng’s sentences at both the state and federal courts, the cases against all of the Minneapolis ex-officers have now moved a step closer to resolution. The only thing left is the state case against Tou Thao, which is still pending because the ex-officer refused to plead guilty to the state charges of assisting and supporting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.
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