J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are the last two ex-Minneapolis police officers who violated George Floyd’s rights. On Wednesday, they received their punishment in federal court.
In February, the two were convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights during his 2020 death. The jury had determined that the officers had denied the 46-year-old Black man of medical attention. They also noted that they didn’t stop Derek Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 1/2 minutes as Floyd was trying to breathe.
On Wednesday, Kueng was given three years in prison and will be supervised for two years upon release. He must turn himself in on or before October 4.
Thao, who wouldn’t allow witnesses to assist during Floyd’s killing, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for violating Floyd’s civil rights and given two years of released supervision. He is ordered to turn himself in on or before October 4, as well.
Federal prosecutors had wanted Kueng and Thao to be given less time than Chauvin. However, they wanted them to be given more time than Thomas Lane. Chauvin was sentenced to 21 years, and Lane was sentenced to 2 1/2 years.
The punishments could start new talks of a plea deal in state court. There, the former officers are facing aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter. The state trial in that matter is set to start on October 24.
A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening telephone call.
“These unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials, undermine our electoral process, and threaten our democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department’s Election Threats Task Force, working with our partners across the country, remains committed to investigating and prosecuting such illegal threats to ensure that these public servants are able to do their jobs free from intimidation.”
According to the indictment, on or about May 19, 2021, Hoornstra allegedly left the following voicemail message on the personal cell phone of the election official: “So I see you’re for fair and competent elections, that’s what it says here on your homepage for your recorder position you’re trying to fly here. But you call things unhinged and insane lies when there’s a forensic audit going on. You need to check yourself. You need to do your [expletive] job right because other people from other states are watching your ass. You [expletive] renege on this deal or give them any more troubles, your ass will never make it to your next little board meeting.”
“The FBI is committed to vigorously investigating and holding accountable anyone who threatens election workers,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “These public servants protect our fundamental right to vote by administering fair and free elections. Any attempts to interfere with our elections by intimidating election officials, their staffs, and volunteers with threats of violence will not be tolerated.”
If convicted, Hoornstra faces up to five years in prison for making a threatening interstate communication and up to two years in prison for making a threatening telephone call. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Surveillance video caught the moment a Prescott Valley Wendy’s employee came up to a customer and sucker-punched him after an argument a couple of weeks ago. On July 26, 35-year-old Antoine Kendrick was at the register taking the 67-year-old man’s order. However, police say the man then complained about his order, and that’s when things turned violent.