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Lawyer Argues One Of Fired Minneapolis Cops Was Rookie, Blasted Charges

Lawyer Argues One Of Fired Minneapolis Cops Was Rookie, Blasted Charges
A courtroom sketch of Thomas Lane on May 25, 2020. (Cedric Hohnstadt via AP)

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2020 05:35 PM

The lawyer for one of the fired Minneapolis officers charged in the slaying of police brutality victim George Floyd told a judge his client was a trainee — and tried to cast blame on Derek Chauvin, who was infamously videotaped kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes.

“What was my client supposed to do but follow what his training officer said? Is that aiding and abetting a crime?” lawyer Earl Gray asked during a preliminary hearing for his client Thomas Lane.

Two other fired cops, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were also at the preliminary hearing in Minneapolis on Thursday, when they were officially charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter, and to establish bail.

At the hearing, Gray said all Lane did was hold Floyd’s feet so he couldn’t kick, and he underlined that the criminal complaint says Lane asked Derek Chauvin twice if they should roll Floyd over and expressed concern that Floyd might be in delirium. He said Lane performed CPR in the ambulance.

He also blasted the charges against Lane as “bulls—t.”

“You’ve gotta have criminal intent for second-degree murder and frankly this is bull—-t,” said Gray, Mediaite reported on Friday.

Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder in the case that has sparked protests across the nation.

On the day Floyd was killed, Lane had been with the MPD only four days, and Kueng was in the middle of only his third full shift on duty, their lawyers argued, Mediaite reported.

Outside the courtroom, Gray made similar arguments, Mediaite reported, showing a video of his remarks.

“It would be unreasonable for my client to go up and try and drag Chauvin off of the deceased,” he said, Mediate reported. 

“You’ve got a 20-year cop in the front and my guy is back there with four days, “Should we roll him over?” He [Chauvin] said, “no, we’ll wait for the ambulance,” twice. 

“Then he [Lane] says, “he’s suffering from a delirium?” I don’t know, I don’t know what you’re supposed to do as a cop.”

Judge Paul Scoggin ordered each of them held on an unconditional bail of $1 million compounded with a $750,000 conditional bail. Pleas have not yet been entered.

Their next court dates for June 29. Gray said he plans to renew his arguments for lower bail then, saying it could take more than a year for Lane’s case to go to trial.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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The lawyer for one of the fired Minneapolis officers charged in the slaying of police brutality victim George Floyd told a judge his client was a trainee - and tried to cast blame on Derek Chauvin, who was infamously videotaped kneeling on Floyd's neck...
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