Attorney for Thomas Lane disputes charges in Floyd's death

"Tom Lane is unjustly charged," said Gray.

The Chad Hartman Show
July 08, 2020 - 3:52 pm

(WCCO) One of four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd is asking to have his case dismissed. 

The attorney for Thomas Lane said in court papers that the case against his client should be dismissed for lack of probable cause. Earl Gray is Lane's attorney - he says you can't aid and abet a crime that you don't know is being committed.

"Tom Layne is unjustly charged," said Gray.

"He had no idea that Chauvin was committing a felony. If he was. And therefore he's not guilty of aiding and abetting anybody. You have to have knowledge ...," said Gray in an interview with WCCO's Chad Hartman. 

"You have to know that the person you're aiding and abetting is committing a crime. And once more, besides knowing that, you have to, with an evil intent, with a criminal intent, assist or willfully participate in what Chauvin's doing," added Gray. 

Gray posed the rhetorical question, "Why didn't he do something?"

Answering his own question Gray posited, "If you put any reasonable person in the position he was at after dealing with Mr. Floyd for fifteen minutes before that you would totally understand why he thought what Mr. Chauvin said was reasonable."

Gray says Lane asked twice if the officers should turn Floyd on his side, and Officer Derek Chauvin, who used his knee to pin Floyd to the ground, said no.

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