Thomas Lane, MPD Officer, Released on Bail

  • During his release, he will be monitored, will not be allowed possession of a firearm, and must not take part in any law enforcement activities.
  • Lane’s lawyer, Earl Gray, said in the first hearing that his client, who had been on the job for only four days, had tried to help.
  • Lane is one of the three officers who were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter of Floyd.

One of the former police officers charged with the murder of George Floyd, a victim of police brutality, has been released on bail. According to the sheriff’s records, Thomas Lane, a former Minneapolis police officer, was released from Hennepin County jail on a bail of $750,000.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

During his release, 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.

Lane’s lawyer, Earl Gray, said in the first hearing that his client, who had been on the job for only four days, had tried to help. He said that Lane held Floyd’s legs so that he wouldn’t kick, and had twice asked his training officer, Derek Chauvin, if they should turn him over.

“What is my client supposed to do but to follow what the training officer said,” Gray asked. “Is that aiding and abetting a crime?” Gray added,”he did everything he was supposed to do as a police officer,” Gray insisted. “What was he supposed to do, let go of his feet and go grab Chauvin and shove him off?”

Lane is one of the three officers who were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and manslaughter of Floyd, a 46 year-old African-American who was pinned down on the neck by Derek Chauvin for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin faces second and third-degree murder and manslaughter charges.

The horrible incident was captured on video that went viral, and prompted the Minneapolis Police Department to fire all the four officers involved in the arrest of Floyd. The officers were arrested after protests ensued across cities in the US. The release of the officer comes at a time when the Democrats and Republicans have clashed over the calls to defund and dismantle the police.

“Defund the police” is a slogan which supports divesting funds from police departments and reallocating them to non-police solutions such as social services and other community resources. “Defund the police” gained widespread popularity during the George Floyd protests.

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.

Congressional Democrats, on the other hand, 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.

During the funeral service at Fountain of Praise church in Houston, speakers called for racial justice, with most of them saying that they will not rest until justice is served. Floyd was buried on Tuesday in Houston next to his mother whom he called out in his last moments.

“You called for mama. We’re going to lay your body next to hers,” civil rights leader, Rev. Al Sharpton said. “But I know mama’s already embraced you, George. You fought a good fight. You kept the faith. You finished your course. Go on and get your rest now. Go on and see mama now. We’re going to fight on.”

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Juliet Norah

I am a freelance journalist is passionate about news. I derive pleasure in informing people about the happenings in the world

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