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Officer charged in George Floyd's death files to dismiss charges

Ex-officers charged in Floyd death appear in court

The legal team for Thomas Lane, one of the former police officers charged in the death of George Floyd, filed a motion Wednesday to dismiss the charges, according to CBS Minnesota. Lane has been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Lane's attorney, Earl Gray, said his client did not intend to further a crime when he held down Floyd's legs and feet, and that he "did not intentionally aid, advise, hire, counsel, or conspire with (Derek) Chauvin or otherwise procure Chauvin to commit second degree murder," CBS Minnesota reported.

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Former police officer Thomas Lane, left, follows his attorney, Earl Gray, as he left court Monday, June 29, 2020.  Jim Mone / AP

The legal team released multiple documents to support dropping the charges, including transcripts from two body cameras that were worn during the fatal encounter. According to CBS Minnesota, the transcripts document Floyd telling officers that he doesn't want to be left alone in the squad car, that he's claustrophobic, and also include calls from bystanders to let Floyd get up.

The transcript also shows that Lane asked if Floyd should be turned on his side. Chauvin said no, according to CBS Minnesota.  

Lane's legal team also released the transcript of a June 10 interview, in which Lane said he could see Floyd breathing even after he'd stopped yelling, CBS Minnesota reported. Lane said he eventually noticed Floyd wasn't moving, and asked another officer, J. Alexander Kueng, to check his pulse. By that time, the officers couldn't find a pulse, according to the complaint. 

Chauvin, the former officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for nearly eight minutes, has been charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and third-degree manslaughter. He is being held on $1 million bond. 

The other former officers — Kueng and Tou Thao — face the same charges as Lane. Kueng, Thao, and Lane have all been released on bond. 

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