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Fate of last ex-cop charged in Floyd murder lies with judge

The attorney for a former Minneapolis police officer who held back bystanders while his colleagues restrained a dying George Floyd said in court filings Tuesday that his client is innocent of criminal wrongdoing and should be acquitted on state charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.

In this screen grab from video provided by the Minnesota Attorney General's Office, Judge Peter Cahill, Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, defense attorney Thomas Plunkett and his client former Minneapolis police Officer J. Alexander Kueng, upper right, appear remotely via Zoom for Kueng's sentencing in Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. Kueng, who kneeled on George Floyd’s back while another officer kneeled on the Black man’s neck, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison. (Courtesy of Minnesota Attorney General's Office via AP)

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