Cop charged over George Floyd's death freed after crowdfunding secures bailJune 11, 2020
One of the four police officers charged over the death of George Floyd has been released from prison after paying a $750,000 (around £591,000) cash bail.
Thomas Lane, 37, was freed from Hennepin County jail on Wednesday night, sheriff’s office records showed.
George Floyd, 46, died gasping ‘I can’t breathe’ and calling out for his mother as a white police officer held a knee to his neck for more than eight minutes.
Lane was one of the three police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25.
Derek Chauvin, the fourth officer, was filmed pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck and has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. All four officers have been fired from the Minneapolis police department.
Yesterday Floyd’s brother delivered an emotional plea for police reform to the US Congress in the wake of his sibling’s brutal murder.
Philonise Floyd addressed the House of Representatives in Washington DC on Wednesday morning, saying: ‘George wasn’t hurting anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die over twenty dollars.
‘I am asking you, is that what a black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars? This is 2020. Enough is enough.
‘He was mild mannered. He didn’t fight back. He listened to the officers. He called them “sir.” The men who took his life, who suffocated for him eight minutes and 46 seconds. He still called them “sir” as he begged for his life.
‘I’m tired. I’m tired of the pain I’m feeling now and I’m tired of the pain I feel every time another black person is killed for no reason. I’m here today to ask you to make it stop. Stop the pain. Stop us from being tired.’
Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, told media that his client tried to help Floyd.
He confirmed to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that a crowdfunding site was set up online to raise money for Lane’s bail and had been posted on social media, soliciting PayPal contributions.
The site has since been taken down.
Protests flared for a 16th day across the US on Wednesday, with Black Lives Matter protesters calling for a ban on choke holds and other methods of restraint used by police.
Police have been criticised for heavy-handed tactics against protesters in various states, where widespread use of tear gas, flash grenades, rubber bullets and many incidents of police hitting protesters with batons have been recorded.
Protesters in Portland, Oregon, flooded city-center streets blocking traffic and a crowd of more than 1,000 calling for the resignation of the mayor while protesters in Portsmouth, Virginia, defaced a Confederate monument.
Chauvin remains in jail in lieu of $1.25 million bail. The other officers, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, remain in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail. Pleas have not yet been entered.
Lane’s next hearing is scheduled for June 29, and his attorney is planning to file a motion to dismiss the charges, media reported.
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