Thomas Lane, 37, convicted of aiding and abetting murder & manslaughter of George Floyd, an African-American, is released/freed from jail after his family used a fundraiser website to raise the bail amount of $750K.
Thomas Kiernan Lane posts jail on Wednesday evening, around 4:30 PM, from Hennepin County Jail where all the three remaining convicts are being held.
Thomas Lane and other ex-police officers were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder & aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. The bail amount was set to $750K with conditions & $1 M without conditions for three convicts.
Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck till he died, is charged with a much serious conviction and his bail is set around $1.25 Million.
Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray mentioned that his client has posted bail with conditions and choose to live with his life and child. The lawyer refused to disclose the location as a precautionary measure.
Thomas spent the last week in jail after Keith Ellison, Attorney General of Minnesota, filed charges against him on June 3, 2020.
Thomas’ next court hearing is scheduled on June 29 where Earl Gray says he has strong evidence and is likely to file a request to drop all the charges.
‘Now we can watch what happens next from outside,’ Gray told the Tribune. ‘We will bring a motion to dismiss and hopefully it will be granted.’
How is Thomas Lane Related to George Floyd’s Death?
According to charging documents, Thomas Lane is the first officer who arrived at the scene and took George Floyd in his custody. Thomas held George’s back when Derek was pushing down on his neck.
At the time Earl Gray was appointed as Lane’s attorney by his family, Earl expressed strong beliefs that the charges are weak as Lane had asked Derek several times to roll him over when George chanted “I can’t breathe… I can’t breathe..”
The lawyer mentioned his client was working the fourth shift of his career, at the same time, he attempted to save Floyd’s life by asking the senior officer to ‘behave’ himself.
‘[Lane was] pounding on this guy trying to revive him. Where is the willful intent?’ Gray questioned the court officials.
How Did Thomas Lane Post Bail? Fundraiser Campaign
A fundraising campaign was set up by Thomas Lane’s family members last week where they asked the public to donate a suitable amount for the bail.
The website which hosted the fundraiser campaign is no longer accessible. The author of the website called the $1 M bail amount ‘unreasonable’ and said Thomas did what he could to save George’s life.
The exact amount generated by the fundraising campaign is not available as the site was brand new and under construction. In addition, the campaign is taken off-the-site by Lane’s family members.
Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao still remain jailed, their lawyers will also file for bail soon. Stay tuned for the updates.