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.