Police officer in Floyd case out on bail

One of four former police officers charged over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis has posted bail and is out of jail.

According to online records, Thomas Lane, 37, posted bail of $US750,000 ($A1.08 million) and was released from the Hennepin County Jail, with conditions, shortly after 4pm on Wednesday.

Records show the other officers remained in custody. All four were fired from the police department after Floyd’s death.


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Lane is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter for his role in the arrest of Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died on May 25 after another officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck as Floyd cried out that he couldn’t breathe and became motionless.

Lane’s lawyer Earl Gray did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

But last week Gray said that Lane was a rookie, and that the only thing he did was hold Floyd’s feet so he couldn’t kick. The criminal complaint also says that Lane expressed concern about Floyd and asked Chauvin twice if they should roll Floyd to his side, but Chauvin said no.

Gray said Lane also performed CPR in the ambulance.

Gray told the Star Tribune he plans to bring a motion to dismiss the charges.

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