Thomas Lane Charged in George Floyd’s Death, Released on $750,000 Bail
One of the four former Minneapolis police officers awaiting trial in George Floyd’s death was released on a $750,000 bond.
37-year-old Thomas Lane was released Wednesday afternoon from the Hennepin County jail, according to the officials.
Lane was among four officers involved in arresting Floyd on Memorial Day on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill.
Floyd’s arrest led to his death and sparked global protests against racial injustice and police misconduct.
A bystander video showed then Officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on the neck of Floyd for about nine minutes as Floyd was on the ground outside a police vehicle.
Lane and another officer held down other parts of Floyd’s body. Floyd then became unresponsive after repeatedly saying that he could not breathe.
Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder while Lane and two other officers on the scene, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder.
Authorities said that Lane had been on the police force for four days before the incident happened.