J Alexander Kueng, 26, Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, and Tou Nmn Thao, 34, were arrested on June 3, 2020. They are all currently detained at the Hennepin County Jail in Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States.
While Kueng, Lane and Thao are each facing charges of unintentional aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, is facing a second-degree murder charge. The bail for the four former Minneapolis Police District officers is set at $1 million each.
“I want to begin with a reminder and that is that we’re here today because George Floyd is not here,” Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison said during a press conference. “He should be here. He should be alive but he’s not.”
Kueng “was asked to turn himself in to face charges” and was in custody 15 minutes later, his attorney Tom Plunkett said in a statement obtained by CNN. The former rookie cop turned himself in at around 1:35 p.m. on June 3, 2020.
Lane, Thao and Chauvin are represented by Earl Gray, Robert Paule and Thomas Kelly, respectively. Both Kueng and Lane were rookie cops hired by the Minneapolis Police Department on December 18, 2017 and on February 19, 2019, respectively.
Chauvin was hired on January 2001. Thao was hired in 2008, laid off from 2010 to 2011 and hired back in 2012.
On May 25, 2020, Kueng, Lane, Thao and Chauvin arrested Floyd in Minneapolis.The African-American man was accused of buying cigarettes with fake $20 bill at a grocery store.
Assisted by Kueng and Lane with Thao watching, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. More than an hour later, Floyd was declared dead in the emergency room of Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.
The Minneapolis Police Department fired Chauvin, Lane, Kueng and Thao on May 26, 2020. Chauvin was arrested on May 29, 2020.
Chauvin’s second-degree murder charge carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison. Kueng, Lane and Thao face the same maximum penalties for aiding and abetting.