crime and punishment

George Floyd blamed by Thomas Lane’s lawyer; Eyewitnesses are guilty, too?

Representing Thomas Kiernan Lane, 37, Earl Gray, 66, had a heated conversation with Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time Monday” on June 8, 2020. The lawyer tried to blame George Floyd for not following orders during his fatal arrest and the bystanders for not stepping in.

Both Lane and Gray are from Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States. On May 25, 2020, Lane and his fellow former Minneapolis Police Department officers Derek Michael Chauvin, 44, Tou Thao, 34, and J Alexander Kueng, 26, arrested Floyd for passing counterfeit currency.

Floyd died while in the custody of the four former cops. Gray told Cuomo, “It wasn’t a violent resistance but it wasn’t a kind of non-resistance that an individual should do when police officers are arresting him.”

“He should get out of his vehicle and follow the orders of the police officers,” Gray said of Floyd. “He didn’t do that.”

The fatal arrest of Floyd was witnessed by several bystanders. Some of them took a video of the encounter and even tried to tell the cops to let go of the arrestee because he could hardly breathe.

According to Gray, while Lane was holding Floyd’s legs, the rookie cop could not see that Chauvin was kneeling on the arrestee’s neck. However, footage of the encounter seem to show otherwise.

Moreover, Gray tried to suggest that the bystanders were culpable, as well. The eyewitnesses should have done something to help if they thought Floyd was dying, the lawyer told Cuomo.

Lane is now one of the most hated persons in America. But Gray believes that people would change their minds after seeing the footage of Floyd’s arrest from his client’s body worn camera.

 

Gray earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Gustavus Adolphus College, a liberal arts college in St. Peter, Minnesota. He received a Juris Doctor from William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul where he graduated cum laude.

Practicing law in Minnesota since 1970, Gray was named Criminal and White Collar Lawyer of the Year in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2013. In 2017, he represented Jeronimo Yanez, a Hispanic-American police officer from St. Anthony, Minnesota acquitted of all charges after fatally shooting African-American man Philando Castile.

 

 

 

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  1. What these cops did is unconscionable
    and unforgiving! I saw the news the other night .. regarding the George Floyd case.. They interviewed a psychiatrist that was reading the body language of Chauvin as he had his knee on George’s neck.. What he said was very chilling! The doctor said there was absolutely no emotions on Chauvins face and body language
    He also said Chauvins hand in his pocket was so he could put more pressure on George’s neck.. he went on to say, that Chauvin was enjoying killing that poor man! This is a true psychopath.. A cold blooded killer!
    That poor man crying out to please let me breathe and calling out for his mother is the most heartbreaking thing I’ve ever heard and seen.. He was tortured and suffered unimaginable pain for nine grueling long minutes !
    Nine minutes may not seem long to anyone.. However, for that poor man it had to feel like an eternity! One can only imagine what was going through his mind as he died in the most horrific way imaginable! And how the other three cops could listen to him begging to breathe and do nothing at all to help him is unconscionable, heartless and beyond words! In my opinion all four of these cops should be charged with murder one! They all had no empathy or respect for human life!

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