Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane face a state trial — currently slated for mid-June — on charges of aiding and abetting over their role in the fatal restraint of Floyd on a Minneapolis street in May 2020. They have pleaded not guilty.
The attorney general’s office would not provide details of what the proposed plea deals entailed. Terms of the offer are expected to be made public when the trio’s state trial begins.
CNN has reached out to the lawyers for all three former officers. Tom Plunkett, attorney for Kueng, declined to share details on why the offer was rejected. CNN has not heard back from attorneys for the other two former officers.
All three remain free on bail and have yet to be sentenced for their conviction in federal court in late February.
The state charges stem from the officers’ actions — or lack thereof — on May 25, 2020, as their former colleague, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into the neck and back of Floyd, who was handcuffed and lying on his stomach on the pavement.
Kueng and Lane, both rookie officers, held down Floyd’s torso and legs while Thao stood nearby and kept a crowd of upset bystanders back.