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.
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.