Bail set at $750K apiece for 3 fired officers in Floyd’s death


George Floyd Death Investigation This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, shows Derek Chauvin, from left, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder of George Floyd, a black man who died after being restrained by him and the other Minneapolis police officers on May 25. Kueng, Lane and Thao have been charged with aiding and abetting Chauvin. (Hennepin County Sheriff's Office via AP)
By: Norman Dotson Jr./ BNC Digital Media Producer

Minneapolis (BNC) – Bail has been set for the officer’s involved in the death of George Floyd at $750,000 apiece charged with aiding and abetting in the killing of George Floyd, as a memorial service took place just blocks away.

Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng made their first appearances in Hennepin County District Court as friends, relatives and celebrities gathered to memorialize Floyd at a nearby Bible college.

George Floyd Death Investigation
Prosecutors are charging Chauvin, accused of pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck, with second-degree murder, and for the first time will level charges against three other officers at the scene, a newspaper reported Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

The Minneapolis Police Department fired the trio last week, along with Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s May 25 death.

Defense attorneys argued for lower bail.

Attorney Earl Gray, representing Lane, told the court that Chauvin was the senior officer on the scene and that when Floyd died it was only Lane’s and Kueng’s first week as officers.

If convicted, Chauvin faces a maximum of 40 years in prison on the murder count and 10 years for manslaughter. The latest criminal complaint against him says his actions were a “substantial causal factor in Mr. Floyd losing consciousness, constituting substantial bodily harm, and Mr. Floyd’s death as well.”

This report was done with assistance of The Associated Press.