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A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd has been released from jail after posting $750,00 bond.
Tou Thao, who was fired from his job after Floyd’s Memorial Day death, left prison late Saturday morning. Thao was one of the officers involved in arresting Floyd, during which he was filmed standing between bystanders and three of his fellow now-former officers.
The article goes on to state the following:
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died after Officer Derek Chauvin — who has since been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter — knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest over an alleged counterfeit $20 bill.
Thao is seen in cellphone videos standing between bystanders and the other ex-officers, as each restrained the handcuffed Floyd as he begged for his life, stating “I can’t breathe,” and calling out to his deceased mother.
All four men appeared in Hennepin County court last week, where Robert Paule, Thao’s attorney, stated his intention to file a motion to move the trial. He also called for TV cameras to be allowed in the courtroom, as did the representatives for the other three former officers.
BREAKING: Ex-Minneapolis Police officer Tou Thao, one of the officers involved in the deadly arrest of #GeorgeFloyd, has been released from jail Saturday. | https://t.co/veSEMT6F0B pic.twitter.com/a1iz63yI1q
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) July 4, 2020
— NBC 7 San Diego (@nbcsandiego) July 5, 2020
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