Tou Thao, the final former Minneapolis police officer convicted in the George Floyd case, has been sentenced to 4 years and 9 months in prison. Thao, found guilty of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, described himself as a “human traffic cone” during the incident that led to Floyd’s death.

The sentencing by Judge Peter Cahill reflects the seriousness of the case, going beyond state guidelines. Thao’s personal reflections during the trial revealed a spiritual journey, where he embraced the concept of repentance, a change of mind and actions.

Thao’s case is a reminder of the need for police accountability and justice reform, sparking discussions about systemic racism and the role of law enforcement. As the nation reflects on this verdict, it underscores the ongoing pursuit of justice and societal change.