Only a couple of months ago, George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a white cop shattered the entire world and it involved Thomas Lane.
The tragic incident took place on 25th May when an employee told a cop, Thomas Lane, that a man, pointing at Geroge Floyd, has given them a fake $20 bill.
The cops rushed to reach George Floyd, a 46-year old Black man, who was sitting in the back seat of a car. As the cops shouted to stop the car, both the man at the front seat and at the back seat, Floyd, looked back. According to Thomas Lane, they asked Floyd to show his hands but he did not abide by the order.
What was the white thing in Floyd’s mouth?
Floyd rather bent down and started doing something with his hands underneath as if he was looking for something.Making it more suspicious for the cop, he shouted at him to raise his hands in the air. However, as per Thomas Lane, he again did not care and continue to pretend as if he does not care what they are asking him.
Moreover, as the body camera shows a white dot on Floyd’s tongue, it seems like he took Fentanyl and it was an overdose. This was the critical moment as the cops dragged him out and pulled him down. An officer named, Derek Chauvin, took a knee on his neck for 8-minutes straight which got him unconscious. While he was kneeling on his neck, Floyd kept saying ‘I can’t breath’ but nobody paid any heed to him.
How was Floyd murdered by cops?
A few bystanders told the cops to stop it as he was not able to breathe but they did not stop and it resulted in George Floyd’s death.
Chauvin has been sentenced a second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, and third-degree unintentional murder while the investigation is still going on.All of the four officers don’t have their jobs anymore and they are facing a trial to find the truth.
Thomas Lane did not even see the alleged $20 fake bill
The tragedy erupted countrywide protests for Black people’s rights and demonstrations against systemic racism prevalent in society.
The incident shook the entire law and order system and a lot of people are now asking for defunding of the entire police department.The recent updates of the investigations are even more shocking as the audio recording of the scrutiny is out.
Former Minneapolis Cop Thomas Lane has confessed that he did not see the $20 bill which was the main reason this all happened. In the interview, he said he is not sure if he saw the $20 bill or not.
What does Lane have to say in his defense?
According to Thomas Lane, the employee only said that George gave them a counterfeit $20 note.And told him to ‘go get him’ before he leaves. Though in his defense, he said if George abided by the orders, this would not have happened.
All he had to do was show his hands and sit in the police car like an average citizen but he did not choose to.
Thomas Lane also said that it was the overdose of Fentanyl that did not let him breathe properly. Even if the cop did not take a knee at his neck, he would have found problems in breathing. He says it is the overdose that killed him.
Although, Lane did not murder Floyd he did not let him move to control his legs. In the interview, he said that Chauvin ordered him to take control of his legs. And he also said to not let him move. He also informed them that an ambulance was on its way.
As per Lane’s statement, ” That made sense to me, just because I’ve had experiences with people who are [overdosing] and they’ll be out one minute and they’ll come back and really, you know, be aggressive with me.
[…] I would say I felt like we maybe could handle it differently. Or we should be reassessing what we’re doing.”
The trial is to start in March 2021.