2 guilty of violating Floyd’s right to start federal term

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Among the four former Minneapolis police officers convicted of violating the civil rights of George Floyd during the restraint that killed him in May 2020 Two are scheduled to begin serving federal sentences on Tuesday.

J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are scheduled to report to the U.S. Marshals Service Tuesday morning. The Bureau of Prisons typically assigns them to federal facilities, but authorities have yet to say publicly where they will go. They are scheduled to stand trial later this month on charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

The information left to their lawyers was not returned. The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office said it expected Kueng and Thao to be handed over to it for trial, but gave no further details for security reasons. The U.S. Marshals Service said the officers were not detained on Monday.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said no information could be released about Kueng and Thao until they reached their destination. But in the cases of their co-defendants — former police officers Derek Chauvin and Thomas Lane — the federal prison allocations were made public before the men were reported for custody.

There is no indication in public records that the federal sentencing of Kueng and Thao has been delayed.

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