Cop charged in George Floyd death leaves jail after posting $750,000 bail

Thomas Lane, one of four Minneapolis Police officers charged in connection with the death of African-American George Floyd has left jail.

Lane posted bail of $750,000 shortly before 4.10pm on Wednesday, and is now free, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office said.

He was held at Hennepin Country jail charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Charge documents claim Lane initially took Floyd into custody and held the father-of-five’s legs, while while a second held his back and Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck.

The 37-year-old’s next court appearances is set for June 29th, where his attorney Earl Ray, said he plans to file a motion to dismiss all charges.

Mr Ray told the Tribune: “Now we can watch what happens next from outside.

“We will bring a motion to dismiss and hopefully it will be granted.”

Lane’s former colleagues, and co-defendants, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng remain in jail as of Wednesday evening.

Derek Chauvin, the cop filmed with his knee on George Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes before his death, is also still behind bars.

Cop charged in George Floyd death leaves jail after posting $750,000 bail

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

It has been reported that Chauvin turned down a murder plea deal with US prosecutors hours before his charges were upped from third degree to second degree murder.

His bail has been set at $1.25million without conditions or $1million with conditions, with Thao and Keung also facing hefty bail fees.

Keung and Thao face the same charges as Lane and would have to post a $750,000 cash bond to get out of custody.


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