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Cop charged over George Floyd's death freed after crowdfunding secures bail

Cop charged over George Floyd's death freed after crowdfunding secures bail

Thomas Lane - one of the four officers involved in George Floyd's arrest and killing - had been held on $750,000 bail.
One of the four police officers charged over the death of George Floyd has been released from prison after paying a $750,000 (around £591,000) cash bail.

Thomas Lane, 37, was freed from Hennepin County jail on Wednesday night, sheriff’s office records showed. George Floyd, 46, died gasping ‘I can’t breathe’ and calling out for his mother as a white police officer held a knee to his neck for more than eight minutes.

Lane was one of the three police officers charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25.

Derek Chauvin, the fourth officer, was filmed pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck and has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

All four officers have been fired from the Minneapolis police department. Yesterday Floyd’s brother delivered an emotional plea for police reform to the US Congress in the wake of his sibling’s brutal murder.

Philonise Floyd addressed the House of Representatives in Washington DC on Wednesday morning, saying: ‘George wasn’t hurting anyone that day. He didn’t deserve to die over twenty dollars. ‘I am asking you, is that what a black man’s life is worth? Twenty dollars? This is 2020. Enough is enough.
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