The third Minneapolis agent charged with the death of George Floyd is released from prison after being released on bail
Tou Thao, 34, left Hennepin County prison late Saturday morning
A third Minneapolis agent charged with the death of George Floyd has been released from prison after being released on bail.
Tou Thao, 34, left Hennepin County prison late Saturday morning, CBS news reports.
He was held in lieu of $ 750,000 for his release.
Thao is one of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with helping and supporting first-degree murder and helping and encouraging second-degree manslaughter.
Police were fired and arrested following the death of Mr Floyd, 46. Their colleague Derek Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on 25 May.
Officers J. Alexander Kueng, 26 and Thomas Lane, 37, were released on their $ 750,000 bonds last month.
Kueng and Lane were the first to respond to the call that a man – later named Floyd – attempted to use a $ 20 counterfeit bill at a deli.
Kueng and Lane discovered that Floyd was in a car nearby. They handcuffed him and tried to put him in their patrol car.
Later, after the arrival of Chauvin and Thao, the witness video shows Kueng holding Floyd’s back while lying on the street. Kueng then told the other officers that he “couldn’t find” Floyd’s heartbeat.
According to loading documents, Lane (far right) – who initially took Floyd into custody – held the legs of the father of five, while Kueng kept his back
Thao blocked a growing crowd from entering to keep Chauvin from kneeling on Floyd’s neck (pictured behind him). Despite their pleas for help, Thao Chauvin never tried to get off Floyd’s neck
Authorities said Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for about two minutes after Kueng’s statement.
According to loading documents, Lane – who initially took Floyd into custody – stopped the legs of the father of five, while Kueng held his back and knelt Chauvin on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
During the arrest, Floyd argued for air and eventually stopped moving. He was fascinated at the time.
In the witness film released last week, a man and a woman are heard urging the officers to check Floyd’s wrist before hearing more bystanders begging the officers to help Floyd.
“Do you think that’s okay? Check his pulse! a man shouts as Thao argued with a woman nearby.
“The man hasn’t moved yet,” the man continued. “He never moved once!”
The man then asked Thao, “Are you going to let him kill that man for you?”
The woman then shouted, “Tell me what his wrist is now!” Another woman hears in the background, “Did they fucking kill him?”
George Floyd (photo) died on May 25 under the knee of officer Derek Chauvin
As a crowd gathers, others hear shouting, “Get off his neck!” and “He’s not moving!”
Despite their pleas for help, Thao Chauvin never tried to get off Floyd’s neck.
Instead, he kept arguing with the witnesses, shouting that they should stay on the doorstep and not get any closer.
A few moments later, paramedics arrive and lift Floyd’s lifeless body off the sidewalk and onto a stretcher.
The images from the police bodycam have not yet been made public, as they are under investigation by the FBI.
Chauvin (left) is charged with second degree manslaughter and manslaughter in connection with the death (right) of George Floyd, with $ 1.25 million bail
Former police officers have said the bodycam footage will “prove” that there was a battle.
During a CNN interview, Lane’s attorney Earl Gray said, “It wasn’t violent resistance, but it was not some sort of non-resistance that a person should do when police officers arrest him.
He also noted, “He has to get out of his vehicle and follow the police orders. He did not do that. ‘
Chauvin is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder and manslaughter.
Kueng’s lawyers said he had worked on his third service as a police officer during the third incident.
Kueng can be seen here (left) with Floyd detaining Floyd on May 25
Lane was released on June 10, and Kueng followed nine days later.
Chauvin remains behind bars. He was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and arrested after Floyd’s death. He was initially charged with first-degree murder before that charge was upgraded to first-degree murder.
Chauvin’s bail was set at $ 1.25 million. The agents appeared in the Hennepin County Courtroom last week, when their representatives asked for TV cameras in the courtroom at the trial – currently scheduled for March 2021.
Chauvin and Thao are due to appear on September 11.
Immediately after Floyd’s death, Black Lives Matter protests broke out worldwide.
While the majority of protests remained peaceful, buildings, businesses and police forces have been torched after some demonstrations turned violent in major U.S. cities.
Protesters have not only claimed justice for Floyd, but also justice for Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and most recently Rayshard Brooks.
Protesters also marched to Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot and killed by a white person in Georgia in February.
Floyd was buried on June 9 in Houston, Texas.