Three years after the murder of George Floyd, former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao has been convicted for his role in the deadly incident. Thao was found guilty by a Hennepin County judge on charges of aided and abetted manslaughter in the second degree. The case is expected to be the final one involving officers who were on the scene.
Dr. Yohuru Williams, founding director of the Racial Justice Initiative at the University of St. Thomas, spoke to KARE 11 about the monumental case. He reflected on how our society and the criminal justice system has changed in the years since Floyd’s death.
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“When I reflect on these trials, I see a substantive change in the way at least people see these encounters and accountability and the responsibility that officers have to treat suspects and individuals as human beings,” said Dr. Yohuru Williams.