Attorney Earl Gray, who’s representing former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, mentioned Thursday in court docket that it was his consumer’s fourth shift and J. Alexander Kueng’s third as officers within the subject when George Floyd was killed. Gray additionally mentioned that their coaching officer was Derek Chauvin, who was caught on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly 9 minutes.
Lane, Kueng, and Tou Thao, the three now-former officers seen subsequent to Chauvin within the viral video of Floyd’s loss of life, made their first appearances in Hennepin County District Court earlier at the moment, the place a choose set bail for the trio accused of aiding and abetting in Floyd’s loss of life at $750,000 every.
Chauvin, who Gray recognized because the senior officer on the scene, noticed his personal expenses upgraded to second-degree homicide on Wednesday.
In court docket, Gray harassed that it was solely Lane’s fourth day on the job and mentioned his consumer solely held Floyd’s toes so he couldn’t kick.
“What was my client supposed to do but follow what his training officer said?” Gray reportedly requested in court docket. Chauvin was additionally coaching Kueng.
A Minneapolis metropolis authorities consultant informed Forbes that Lane and Kueng had been each promoted from recruits to officers on December 10, and obtained their first unit assignments to the Third Precinct on March 1.
The two officers, who graduated in the identical recruit class, had been coaching and had simply been assigned to patrol responsibility days earlier than Floyd’s loss of life.
George Floyd died May 25 whereas being forcibly restrained by Lane, Kueng and Chauvin. Footage of the incident exhibits Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, ignoring Floyd’s plea, “I can’t breathe.” All 4 officers had been fired a day after Floyd’s loss of life. Chauvin faces a most sentence of 40 years in jail underneath his homicide depend and 10 years for manslaughter if convicted, and his fellow defendants face the identical potential penalties as aiding and abetting second-degree homicide equates to a second-degree homicide cost underneath Minnesota regulation.
“Officer Who Knelt On George Floyd’s Neck Receives Upgraded Murder Charge, three Other Officers In Video Also Charged” (Forbes)
“Bail For Ex-Cops Charged With Abetting Murder Of George Floyd Set At $1 Million” (Forbes)
“‘Everybody Wants Justice’: Poignant Moments From George Floyd’s Funeral” (Forbes)