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Looks like the ex-officers of the Minneapolis Police Department are all singing like canaries.
On May 25th, Chauvin dug his knee into George Floyd’s neck causing him to die within eight minutes and 46 seconds. During the time Chauvin was committing murder, his colleagues did nothing to stop Chauvin from killing Floyd.
The ex-officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao are all placing the blame on Derek Chavin for why they didn’t intervene in Floyd’s death. According to StarTribune, Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray said the claims against his client are weak.
Each ex-officer is facing one count of aiding and abetting second-degree murder, as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. These charges were given to the officers because they did not stop Chavin from killing Floyd.
“What is my client supposed to do but follow what the [senior] officer says? The strength of this case, your honor, in my opinion, is extremely weak,” Gray, Lane’s attorney said in court.
In the graphic video, it shows Tao guarding Chauvin as Lane holds down Floyd’s legs. According to Star Tribune, Lane’s attorney felt that his client’s hands were tied in Floyd’s death.
“What was [Lane] supposed to do … go up to Mr. Chauvin and grab him and throw him off?” said Gray in court.
Kueng’s attorney said his client and Lane did try to intervene in Floyd’s death as best they could without disobeying Chauvin.
“At all times Mr. Kueng and Mr. Lane turned their attention to that 19-year veteran,” Plunkett said. “[Kueng] was trying — they were trying to communicate that this situation needs to change direction.”
Protestors around the world have been demanding the rest of the officers receive charges for not intervening in this tragedy, and they have been protesting for justice for other Blacks who’ve lost their lives due to police brutality.
June 8th will be Chauvin’s first court appearance for the murder of Floyd.
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