MINNEAPOLIS (WR) — An lawyer for one of many 4 former Minneapolis cops charged within the dying of George Floyd argues his consumer solely dealt with crowd management.
Protection lawyer Robert Paule filed a memo Wednesday supporting his earlier movement to dismiss expenses in opposition to Tou Thao for lack of possible trigger. The memo mentioned Thao had his again to what was occurring as Officer Derek Chauvin, who’s white, pressed his knee to the neck of Floyd, a handcuffed Black man. Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for practically eight minutes on Could 25 even after Floyd pleaded for air.
In accordance with the memo, Thao provided a hobble restraint to the opposite three officers, however they refused it. The memo additionally argues Chauvin was utilizing a non-deadly, Minneapolis Police Division-approved neck restraint, and that Thao and the opposite three officers “had been repeatedly educated to make use of neck restraints.”
After the opposite officers refused his provide of a hobble restraint, Thao “instantly turned his consideration to crowd management” and stored his again to Floyd and the opposite officers for almost all of the rest of the arrest, the memo mentioned.
“When Officer Thao turned his again to Mr. Floyd and the three different officers for the final time, Mr. Floyd was nonetheless alive and respiratory,” the memo mentioned. “Officer Thao did nothing to help within the fee of a criminal offense.”
Thao by no means positioned his palms on Floyd, in keeping with the memo, and requested concerning the standing of an ambulance, radioing police dispatch to rush up the response.
An lawyer for an additional former officer, Thomas Lane, additionally plans to argue that expenses in opposition to his consumer needs to be dismissed.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter. Thao, Lane and one other officer, J. Kueng, are charged with aiding and abetting each second-degree homicide and manslaughter. All 4 officers had been fired.
Their subsequent court docket listening to is scheduled for Sept. 11.