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Ex-officer involved in George Floyd killing sentenced to nearly 5 years

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Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao has been sentenced to 4-3/4 years in prison for aiding and abetting manslaughter in the 2020 killing of George Floyd – which lead to global protest on police violence

The incident involved Floyd’s neck being pinned to the ground by another officer’s knee during a failed arrest.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill handed down the sentence, which slightly exceeded the 4-1/4 years requested by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.

“I was hoping for a little more remorse, regret, acknowledgment of some responsibility,” Judge Cahill said before handing down the sentence.

The sentence will run concurrently with the 3-1/2 years Thao had previously received for a federal conviction related to violating Floyd’s civil rights.

Thao, a nine-year police force veteran, was the fourth and final officer to be sentenced in connection with Floyd’s death.

“I didn’t intend on doing any malice or … try hurt anyone. That was never my intent. I did the best that I thought I could,” Thao said in court before sentencing.

Derek Chauvin, the white officer seen in a widely circulated cellphone video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, was found guilty of murder in 2021.

Thao had kept bystanders at bay while Chauvin and two other officers subdued Floyd, who was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill.

The killing ignited widespread protests against racism and police brutality in the United States and internationally.

Thao’s lawyers did not provide immediate comments on the sentencing.

The other officers present during the incident, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, had held down Floyd’s legs and buttocks while Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Both Lane and Kueng had previously pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in state court, receiving sentences of 3-1/2 years and three years, respectively.

In a federal trial, Lane and Kueng were also found guilty of violating Floyd’s civil rights, resulting in additional prison time.

Chauvin, convicted of unintentional second-degree murder, was sentenced to 22-1/2 years in state prison, along with a concurrent 21-year sentence on federal charges related to violating Floyd’s civil rights.

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Nintendo’s live presentation sets the stage to end the financial year with a bang

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PlayStation 5 has received a fresh Discord update, enhancing your social gaming experience. Connect with friends, join voice chats, and stay in the loop directly from your console.

Prepare for a thrilling showcase packed with game reveals, exclusive trailers, and updates on your favourite Nintendo franchises.

Whether you’re a fan of Mario, Zelda, or new indie titles, this Direct promises to deliver something for everyone. Mark your calendars and get ready for a gaming extravaganza!

Emily Leaney joins to discuss the latest.

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U.S. advocates for tobacco-style warning labels on social media platforms

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In an attempt to safeguard adolescent mental health, the U.S. Surgeon General has advocated for the implementation of warning labels on social media platforms.

On this episode of Ticker Hot Shots – U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy looks to implement warnings on social media platforms, Adobe get sued over hidden payments, a micro-EV slots into the urban market and the Pope attends G7 to warn over the use of AI.

Ticker’s Mike Loder and Veronica Dudo discuss. #featured #trending

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China & Australia are working to strengthen ties amid panda and wine diplomacy

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Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese Premier Li Li Qiang engaged in discussions concerning trade relations and human rights during a recent diplomatic meeting.

The talks aimed to address key issues affecting the economic and political relationship between the two nations.

Albanese emphasised the importance of maintaining a constructive dialogue despite recent tensions, highlighting Australia’s commitment to fostering mutually beneficial trade partnerships with China.

Professor Tim Harcourt from UTS joins to discuss. #featured #trending #global view

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