- Another officer with similar charges, Thomas Lane, was released from Hennepin County jail on a bail of $750,000.
- Tuo Thao, the third officer also accused of aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter, remained in custody.
- Derek Chauvin is being held at Minnesota’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights on a $1 million bail.
A second former Minneapolis police officer, charged with the death of George Floyd, has been released on bail. J. Alexander Kueng was released with conditions from the Hennepin County jail, after posting bail of $750,000. He is facing charges of aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter.
Another officer with similar charges, Thomas Lane, was released from Hennepin County jail on a bail of $750,000. Lane was released on conditions that he will be monitored, will not be allowed possession of a firearm, and must not take part in any law enforcement activities. His next hearing is scheduled for June 29.
However, Tuo Thao, the third officer also accused of aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter, remained in custody. Derek Chauvin is being held at Minnesota’s maximum security prison in Oak Park Heights on a $1 million bail. Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.
Floyd, an African American man died on May 25 after a white police officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and forty six seconds. Floyd was buried earlier this month in Houston, amid calls for racial justice from speakers.
In a horrifying video, Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”
The officer is then heard telling him to relax he continues to pin him down. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd cries out. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. . . I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.” In the footage witnesses are heard pleading with the police to let go the man but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
The death of Floyd has sparked outrage from all quarters, and ignited anger over police killings of black Americans. Widespread anti-racism protests were witnessed in all US states and around the world. The protests were violent in the beginning, but later on turned peaceful.
A number of police officers have used a lot of force during the widespread protests against the murder of Floyd. Some of these officers have been fired, while others have been charged. The demonstrators were calling for justice for Floyd, as well as police reforms where they advocated for disbandment and dismantling of the police force.
Congressional Democrats unveiled a package of police reforms as a response to the killing of African-Americans by law enforcement. Their bill, they say, is aimed at ensuring meaningful and structural changes for the benefits and safety of the citizens.
President Donald Trump and the Republicans have used the call to attack the Democrats. “The president is appalled by the ‘defund the police’ movement,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said.
Nine of the members of Minneapolis City Council have also said that they are in support of the disbandment of the city’s police department.
Floyd’s case is similar to Eric Garner’s, a black man who was unarmed and was killed in 2014 in New York. Garner was placed in a police chokehold, and pleaded for his life. Garner uttered the same phrase as Floyd: “I can’t breathe.” The police officer involved in Garner’s case was fired after the investigations were completed.