Agencies: Minneapolis Police Department Minnesota
Last updated: 4 days ago
George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer’s knee, in an incident that was recorded on video and that incited large protests in Minneapolis in the days that followed.
The explosive footage, recorded by a bystander and shared widely on social media early Tuesday, led to community outrage, an F.B.I. civil rights investigation and the firing of the officer and three colleagues who were also at the scene.
On May 29, 2020, Officer Derek Chauvin, 44, was arested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the case. He also was accused of ignoring another officer who expressed concerns about Floyd as he lay handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he could not breathe while Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck for several minutes. Chauvin, who was fired along with three other officers who were at the scene, faces more than 12 years in prison if convicted of murder.
According to Hennepin County Jail records obtained by TMZ, Thomas Lane, one of the officers charged with aiding and abeting Chauvin, was conditionally released on bond Wednesday (June 10) after posting a $750,000 bail. His attorney, Earl Gray, would only say, “It’s pretty good news” when asked about how his client raised the money needed for release.
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