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Former Minnesota Police Officer Involved in George Floyd’s Killing Posts $750K Bail

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    Tou Thao, one of the former Minnesota Police Officers involved in the fatal arrest of George Floyd in May, has been released on bail.

    The 34-year-old fired officer posted a $750,000 bond on July 4, according to Hennepin County jail records.

    He was held on $1 million bail without conditions and $750,000 with conditions, Star Tribune reported.

     

    Thao, along with two other former officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, all face counts for aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder, and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, according to CBS News.

    Lane, Keung and Thao were present when former MPD Officer Derek Chauvin put excessive pressure on Floyd’s neck during his arrest, eventually killing the unarmed man.

    Thao can also be seen in the viral video ordering pedestrians to back away.

    Chauvin is facing second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence charges and is now in Oak Park Heights prison with $1.25 million bail.

    Thao, who is set to appear in court on September 11, is the third person to be released on bail after Lane and Keung, who were both freed last month on bond. Chauvin remains behind bars.

    The trial for the case is set in March 2021.

    Feature Image Screenshot via Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office KARE 11

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