Website Seeks Donations For Officer Charged With Aiding Floyd's Murder

"He did everything he could within his power to save Mr. Floyd's Life."

Christy Strawser
June 09, 2020 - 12:44 pm

(WCCO) A website was set up to solicit donations on behalf of the Officer Thomas Lane, a cop who is among four charged in the death of George Floyd. TMZ reports the family created the site, which advocates on Lane's behalf.

Lane and two other officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder after they were videotaped at the scene where former Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder.

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All four of the men are being held on $1 million bond. The website doesn't specify what the money raised on Lane's behalf would pay, but it does note that his bail was set at $1 million, the same as Chauvin. The Lane website links to a pay pal account marked 'defense fund.'

And it says that amount of money for Lane's bail is unfair.

"This shows a total disregard for equal justice under the law. The bail being set this high is clearly punishment for being a Police Officer on the scene and not a reasonable bail for someone who did everything he could to save Mr. Floyd's life on May 25, 2020," the site claims.

The site also defends Lane's actions during Floyd's arrest, blaming Chauvin as the senior officer and saying that Lane "used his voice, not once, but multiple times, to plead with senior officer Chauvin and the other officers to roll Mr. Floyd to his side, stating he was nervous about excited delirium."

"Thomas Lane called the CODE 3 for the Ambulance while Mr. Floyd was still talking, prior to him losing consciousness. Because of the chain of command, Thomas Lane was told to hold his position even after he suggested rolling him to his side twice. When the ambulance arrived Thomas Lane did not hesitate to jump into the Ambulance where he started performing CPR to try and save George Floyd’s life. Thomas Lane went to work that day to protect and serve the people of Minneapolis. He did everything he could within his power to save Mr. Floyd's Life."

Meanwhile, a go fund me set up to benefit George Floyd's family broke records by raising nearly $14 million. That money is earmarked to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings.  Organizers note a portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and for their education.

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