The first of the four former Minneapolis cops involved in the death of George Floyd has been sprung from jail.
Thomas Lane, who was fired by the Minneapolis Police Department after the stunning killing of Floyd in police custody, was released from Hennepin County Jail on Wednesday after posting bond, according to records.
Lane’s bail had been set at $1 million, reported Minneapolis TV station WCCO.
The disgraced officer has been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter, according to WCCO.
Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, previously stated that the state’s case against his client is “weak.”
“(Lane was) pounding on (Floyd) trying to revive him,” explained Gray. “Where is the willful intent?”
Last week, the lawyer claimed Lane had been working at the Minneapolis Police Department for four days at the time of the Floyd incident, according to Minneapolis TV station KARE.
Lee was one of four cops, along with Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng, that responded to a May 25 call regarding the alleged use of a counterfeit $20 bill at a food store.
The officers handcuffed the 46-year-old Floyd before restraining him on the street next to a cop car, where Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.
Chauvin has been charged with second- and third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter, according to WCCO.
Thao, Kueng and Chauvin remain in custody as of Wednesday, according to KARE.