WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tou Thao, one of the four ex-Minnesota cops involved in George Floyd’s brutal arrest last May 25, was released on a $750,000 bail on Saturday.
- Thao was the third officer who got out of custody after paying bond; former police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng posted for bail and were released in early June.
- Derek Chauvin, the officer who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes, remained in custody in a prison at Oak Park Heights, with his bond set at $1.25 million
Ex-Minnesota cop Tou Thao, who was involved in George Floyd’s deadly arrest on May 25, was released from Hennepin County Jail after posting $750,000 bail. Based on the records of the Sheriff’s office, Thao got out of prison about 11:00 in the morning on Saturday.
Implicated with the other three former officers on Floyd’s death, Thao was the third defendant who was released on bond. Records from the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office showed that the other two former cops, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were discharged earlier last month.
Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who had knelt at Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes, faced charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Initially, he was charged with third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter upon arrest. He remains in custody at Oak Park Heights’ correctional facility, the state’s maximum-security prison. Chauvin’s bond is placed at $1.25 million.
It was recalled that Chauvin was taken into custody following a video that surfaced online showing him kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. This was believed to have caused the victim’s death.
According to the complaint filed against them, Lane and Kueng pinned Floyd to the ground during his arrest as Thao was standing by. The viral online video uploaded by bystanders became an evidence to back the accusations.
The day after Floyd’s death, the four former officers were fired from their jobs in the Minneapolis Police Department. Thao, Lane and Kueng were charged and taken into custody days after the public outrage calling for their imprisonment at the Hennepin County.
All four former officers are set to appear in court hearing on September 11. During last week’s trial, Judge Peter Cahill scheduled March 8, 2021 as a tentative start date for their trial.
Newsweek has requested for comments from Thao’s lawyer and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office, but has gotten no response yet.