Minneapolis (KROC AM News) – Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty Wednesday to his role in the death of George Floyd.
Lane was one of four officers charged in Floyd’s death, which occurred on May 25, 2020.
Lane was facing a charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and was due to stand trial next month. As part of a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to one count of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison released this statement after Hill’s guilty plea:
Today, former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, released the following statement:
Today, my thoughts are once again with the victims, George Floyd and his family. Nothing will bring Floyd back. He should still be with us today.
I’m glad Thomas Lane has accepted responsibility for his role in Floyd’s death. His acknowledgment that he did something wrong is an important step towards healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community and the nation. While accountability does not equal justice, this is an important moment in this case and a necessary resolution in our continued journey toward justice.
Because the state is preparing for the June 13 trial of defendants J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao for second-degree manslaughter and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, Attorney General Ellison will not have no other comments at this time. .
Lane and the other two have already been convicted of federal charges for violating Floyd’s civil rights.
Former officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of killing Floyd by placing his knee on his neck for several minutes. He was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison.