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Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane has been sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on a federal civil rights charge for his role in the murder of George Floyd.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson on Thursday convicted Lane of his February conviction for depriving Floyd of medical care while he died in May 2020 at the knee of Officer Derek Chauvin.

Lane, who is out on bail, did not speak at the hearing. Magnuson ordered him to surrender to US Marshals on October 4.

The murder of Floyd, who was black, sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the world over racial injustice in the police force, and launched a national reckoning of race.

Lane, who is white, held Floyd’s legs while Chauvin held Floyd for nearly 9 1/2 minutes. Two other officers, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were also convicted of violating Floyd’s civil rights and will be later convicted.

Federal prosecutors had asked for a prison sentence of up to 6 1/2 years, in accordance with federal guidelines. Lane’s attorney asked for a little over two years, arguing that Lane was the least guilty of the officers, in part because he twice asked his colleagues if Floyd should be put on his side.

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