The death of George Floyd sent shockwaves across the world after bystander videos posted online showed a Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin literally pinning him to the ground by kneeling on his neck. There were three other police officers on the scene who did absolutely nothing to stop Chauvin as he killed an unarmed black man.
All four cops were initially fired, but with the world demanding justice for Floyd, all four were eventually charged with murder and sent to jail to await trial. Three of them had their bail set at US$1 million dollars, with Chauvin’s bail set slightly higher at US$1.25 million.
You’d think that none of these guys would be able to post bail given they’re all just police officers and no ordinary person has 1 million just lying around. You’d think wrong.
Thomas Lane, one of the four Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, has been released from jail on bail. The 37 year old former rookie cop somehow managed to pay the $750,000 required to make conditional bail. He was released from the Hennepin County jail at 5:08 p.m. Wednesday.
That being said, he is by no means a free man. He posted conditional bail, meaning he has to abide by conditions that include appearing for all future court appearances, does not work in a security capacity, and does not possess firearms or retain a firearms permit.
Lane, along with two other officers are currently facing up to 40 years in prison if found guilty of his charges, which are aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
The court hearing is set for June 29.