One of four former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of African-American George Floyd, Thomas Lane was released from prison. On May 29, his colleague Derek Chovin was accused of negligence, and on June 3, three more – Thomas Lane, Alexander Quang and Tu Tao – of aiding and abetting the murder. The court established a bail in respect of all detainees in the amount of $ 1 million.
Earl Gray’s defense spokesman, Earl Gray, said the case against Lane was “weak” because he turned to Chauvin to let Floyd go and then gave him first aid.
“[Lane] pumped out this guy [Floyd], trying to revive. Where is the aiding? ” – quotes the publication of Gray.
On May 25, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a policeman received a call from a local store employee complaining that a black man had allegedly paid in false notes. Law enforcement officers found the alleged intruder – he turned out to be 46-year-old George Floyd – threw him to the ground, one of them – Derek Chauvin – crushed Floyd with his knee and ignored his cries that he could not breathe.
After some time, the detainee lost consciousness, and later died in the hospital.
The incident provoked mass protests and riots in the United States. People opposed racism and police brutality.
On May 29, a protest rally was held at the third police station in Minneapolis, where employees involved in the incident with the death of an African American worked. About 300 people gathered there. Protesters burned down the building, law enforcement officers managed to evacuate from the roof by helicopter.