crime and punishment

Thomas Lane left Minneapolis, kept whereabouts secret: Relative

Those who are looking for Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States will not find him there. Information about him is scarce since he was identified as one of the four Minneapolis Police Department officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

On May 29, 2020, a relative of Lane told the Minnesota Star Tribute that he has left Minneapolis. The relative added that he did not tell anyone where he was going.

Born in 1983, Lane was hired by the Minneapolis Police Department on February 19, 2019 and he graduated as a police cadet a month later. He is the grandson of Donald M. Mealey, a Minneapolis police detective who died in 2008 at the age of 92.

It was Lane who handcuffed Floyd. While Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, was kneeling on Floyds neck for a total of 8 minutes and 46 seconds, Lane was holding the arrestee’s back.

J Alexander Kueng, 26, a rookie cup like Lane, was holding Floyd’s legs. Chauvin’s fellow veteran Tou Nmn Thao, 34, watched how his colleagues pinned Floyd down to the ground and interacted with the eyewitnesses.

Charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter charges on May 29, 2020, Chauvin is currently detained the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. On other hand, Lane, Thao and Kueng have yet to be charged.

Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman said he anticipated charges against Lane, Thao and Kueng. However, the lawyer refused to speculate what the charges would be.

On June 2, 2020, Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing Floyd’s family, appeared on the “TODAY” show and talked about Lane, Thao and Kueng. The lawyer said, “We heard that they expect to charge those officers.”

Like Lane, Thao has left Minnesota, according to his lawyer Robert Paule. Meanwhile, Kueng is reportedly in Minneapolis with his family.

“They will be charged, we understand,” Crump said of Lane, Thao and Kueng. “That is what the families are hearing from the authorities.”

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  1. Why aren’t you and the rest of the media when it comes to Officer Lane indicating that he is african american? He is.

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    • He isn’t. I believe you are getting him confused with Kueng. Lane & Chauvin are white, Kueng is black, and Thao is Hmong.

      When this website profiled Kueng, it mentioned that he was black, that he grew up on the north side (a predominately black community), and went to Patrick Henry High School (a predominately black high school). So they’ve been quite clear on his race.

      It’s not mentioned more because it’s not notable (this may differ from other cities policing problem, idk). The Twin Cities have had 3 high profile wrongful death police cases in the past few years: Philando Castile, Justine Damond, and George Floyd. The officer who shot Castile was Hispanic, the officer who shot Damond was black, and 2 of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death were racial minorities. So we have gotten quite used to the fact that this isn’t a white cop vs non-white cop thing, and therefore it’s not really notable to us that a cop involved wasn’t white.

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