MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Another long and painful trial for the killing of George Floyd was averted Monday after one former Minneapolis police officer pleaded guilty to manslaughter and another agreed to take a more unusual approach and let a judge decide his fate based on the evidence in the case.

J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao appeared in court Monday on charges of accessory to murder and involuntary manslaughter in the May 25, 2020 killing of Floyd, who died after another officer knelt on the neck of a black man, sparking protests around the world as part of a wider retribution for racial injustice.

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