Last 2 ex-cops sentenced in George Floyd's death get prison.....Remembering Cleveland's George Floyd riot....By editor Kathy Wray Coleman of Clevelandurbannews.com and Kathywraycolemanonlinenewsblog.com, Ohio's Black digital news leader
Floyd, 46, left behind two children. His unprecedented death at the hands of police capitivated America and drew nationwide protests and racial unrest.
Floyd's family members did not attend Wednesday's sentencing of Kueng and Thao, a scenario that differed in comparison to Chauvin's sentencing in July of 2021 by federal district court Judge Peter Cahill on convictions relative to second and third degree murder charges brought on behalf of the state of Minnesota.
They also gathered when Chauvin was convicted in April of 2021 of killing Floyd, his family members and Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter activists, including the Rev. Al Sharpton, gathering for a rally in front of the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis after the Chauvin verdict was read, some carrying signs with pictures of Floyd, Philando Castile, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice and other Black men and women killed in encounters with police
Also on that day, Floyd's younger brother Philonise Floyd, and other family members, including Floyd's daughter, flanked by the Rev Al Sharpton, the Rev Jesse Jackson, and Floyd family attorneys dedicated the jury verdict in his brother's murder case to the legacy of Emmett Till, whom White supremacists hanged and murdered in 1955, and with impunity.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a statement after Chauvin's convictions last April that the justice department’s federal civil rights investigation into the death of George Floyd “is ongoing." And Minnesota Gov Tim Waltz said that "it's an important step towards justice for Minnesota, trial’s over, but here in Minnesota, I want to be very clear, we know our work just begins."
Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, the nation's first Black vice president and a former prosecutor and state attorney general, spoke out after the verdict last year in the celebrated murder case, Harris calling it justice delivered and Biden saying that "no one should be above the law and today's verdict sends that message."
Vice President Harris said that the pain in the Black community relative to the police murder of George Floyd and so many other Blacks like him still lingers.
"Today we feel a sigh of relief," said Vice President Harris during a press conference after the guilty verdict last year in the state's case. "Still it cannot take away the pain."
The vice president said that "a measure of justice isn't the same as equal justice."
Even the national president of Chauvin's police union celebrated Chauvins convictions in April in what he called the case of a cop gone bad, a case where even the disgraced former police officer's peers and supervisors became key witnesses for the prosecution at trial, a trial that legal experts said was won from the beginning with a video of the entire incident taken by a by-standard.
"We were one of the first organization's to step forward and say this just doesn't look right." said Patrick Yoes, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police.
The city has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with Floyd's family for $27 million, the largest of its kind in U.S. history.
Arrested on a forgery charge over a $20 bill, Floyd pleaded for his life and cried out that he could not breathe when Chauvin murdered him by hoding his knee on his neck before an astonished crowd of people, some in the crowd hollering for him to ease up on his excessive force against Floyd, but to no avail.
Floyd was pronounced dead an hour later at an area hospital
Protests in Minneapolis ensued and spread to over 2,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, and riots subsequently broke out in Minneapolis and in cities nationwide, including in Cleveland, Ohio.
Black Lives Matter activists led Cleveland's protest on May 30, 2020 where anxious and angry protesters rioted and tore up downtown Cleveland, destroying businesses and writing graphite on landmark buildings. Protesters, mainly young people, also set Cleveland police cruisers on fire.
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