12.6.20

Thomas Lane

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The fired rookie cop who bailed out of jail on serious charges over George Floyd’s death managed to raise his $750,000 bond with the help of donations to a crowdfunding site, according to a report.

Thomas Lane, 37, posted cash bail Wednesday thanks in part to those who responded to an appeal decrying how high the bail was set, the Star Tribune said.

“Lane and his family appreciate your support and prayers during this time,” said the site, which was taken down once he was bailed out, the paper noted.


Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, confirmed to the paper that it had been a legitimate fundraiser. However, he did not reveal exactly how much of the money came from collections, or who was behind it.

Lane is with his wife in an undisclosed location because of safety concerns, Gray said.

“Now we can watch what happens next from outside,” he told the Star Tribune.

“image We will bring a motion to dismiss and hopefully it will be granted,” he said of the fired officer’s next court hearing on June 29

Lane was on his fourth shift with Minneapolis police when he helped in the fatal arrest of Floyd, 46, holding his legs while supervisor Derek Chauvin kept a knee on his neck for almost nine minutes.

Gray previously insisted the ex-cop had been “doing what he thought was right” and tried to get Chauvin to remove his knee

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Lane and two others — Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — are charged with aiding and abetting the alleged murder

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