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Supreme Court rejects appeal by ex-officer Tou Thao, who held back crowd as George Floyd lay dying

via Minneapolis Police Dept
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the federal civil rights conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao, who held back bystanders while George Floyd was pinned down.

Thao argued that prosecutors failed to prove his actions were willful and alleged prosecutorial misconduct.

Thao and two other former officers were convicted in a federal trial of violating Floyd’s civil rights, and Thao is serving concurrent federal and state sentences. (Trending: Clintons Scramble To Delete Embarrassing Photo, But Were Too Slow)

Thao claimed that he was a “human traffic cone” that held back onlookers while George Floyd was killed by fellow former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Derek Chauvin, another officer involved, pleaded guilty in the federal trial and was convicted of second-degree murder in a separate state trial.

The Supreme Court also rejected Chauvin’s appeal of his state murder conviction.

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