Ex-Cop Says He’s Complicit in Floyd’s Murder
A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to complicity in the murder of George Floyd.
Thomas Lane was one of three officers in May 2020 who watched as colleague Derek Chauvin put his knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, after which the black man died.
Lane accepted a three-year prison sentence. In return, he will not be prosecuted for complicity in murder. The trials of two other ex-cops suspected of complicity are scheduled for next month.
In February, a jury ruled that the three ex-cops were guilty of violating Floyd’s rights by failing to help him. According to Lane’s attorney, it was only his fourth day on patrol, and Chauvin was training him. Nevertheless, the court sentenced Chauvin to 22.5 years in prison.
Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests against racism and police brutality in the United States, but there have been massive demonstrations in many other countries as well. The four police officers were fired a day after Floyd’s death.