3 former officers charged in George Floyd’s death make 1st court appearance

first_imgiStock/AndreyPopov(MINNEAPOLIS) — BY: IVAN PEREIRAA Minneapolis judge remanded three of the four former officers involved in George Floyd’s death on a million dollars bail during their first court appearance Thursday afternoon.Kiernan Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were all charged with second-degree aiding and abetting felony murder and second-degree aiding and abetting manslaughter in the death of the 46-year-old man. Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested last week and initially charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, but those charges were upgraded to second-degree murder Wednesday. He is currently in jail on a $500,000 bond.Judge Paul Scoggin ordered the defendants could be released on a lower bail amount of $750,000 if they followed specific conditions: Work in no law enforcement capacity, surrender firearms, void firearm permits, no contact with the victim’s family and agree to waive extradition should they leave the state.The former officers didn’t enter pleas, but their attorneys each made a case for a lighter bail sentence, citing their ties to the community and cooperation with the investigation. Kueng’s attorney offered his condolences to Floyd’s family.Their next court appearance is June 29.The cops arrested Floyd outside a convenience store on Memorial Day, which was captured on several cameras.Chauvin, 44, placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd said “I can’t breathe,” before he was killed, according to the criminal complaint.Lane, 37, allegedly held Floyd’s legs down while Kueng, 26 allegedly held Floyd’s back as Chauvin placed his knee, the criminal complaint said. Thao, 34, allegedly watched the entire incident with his hands in his pockets, according to the complaint.Earl Gray, Lane’s attorney, said his client was a rookie officer on his fourth day on the force while Chauvin was a training officer. Kueng was also a rookie officer, according to Minneapolis police department records.Gray said his client asked Chuavin if it was OK to roll Floyd over. Chauvin, allegedly, refused to do so, according to the criminal complaint.“What is my client supposed to do other than follow what the training officer said?” Gray asked the judge.Assistant Attorney General Matthew Frank, however, contended that Lane held down Floyd during the arrest.“That is the role of an aider and abettor,” he said. ABC News’ Whitney T. Lloyd contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting to be fired by Louisville police

first_imgMario Tama/Getty ImagesBy IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(LOUISVILLE, Ky.) — A police officer involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor will be fired, the Louisville, Kentucky, mayor announced Friday.Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison was one of three officers involved in the shooting that took place on March 13 when they conducted a no-knock warrant.Mayor Greg Fischer said LMPD Chief Rob Schroeder is initiating termination procedures, but could not offer more details.“Unfortunately, due to a provision in state law that I very much would like to see changed, both the Chief and I are precluded from talking about what brought us to this moment, or even the timing of this decision,” Fischer said in a statement.According to his termination letter that was shared with local reporters, Hankison violated procedure when he fired 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment while executing the warrant.“I have determined you violated Standard Operating Procedure … when your actions displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life when you wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into the apartment of Breonna Taylor,” the letter stated.Schroeder also said Hankison violated procedure by using deadly force without knowing the force was directed at a person who posed an immediate threat. The chief noted that the door and window that he shot through were covered and prevented Hankison from identifying if there was any threat on the other side.During the incident, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, heard the plainclothes police attempting to break down the door. Walker took out his licensed gun and fired it, according to investigators. Police opened fire and hit Taylor, 25 and an EMT, at least eight times while she was asleep in her bed.No disciplinary action has been taken against the other two officers, Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, but they have been reassigned to administrative duties pending the investigation.Ben Crump, Lonita Baker and Sam Aguiar, the attorneys representing Taylor’s family, said they were pleased with Hankison’s termination and pushed for investigators to prosecute him and the other two officers.“Today’s announcement makes it clear, as we have always maintained, that the city had the power to fire the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s murder. We look forward to them terminating the other officers involved in Bre’s murder,” the attorneys said in a statement.Schroeder said Hankison was previously disciplined last year for “reckless conduct that injured an innocent person,” but would not go into further details.A team of FBI members were in Taylor’s apartment Thursday as part of its probe into her death, the agency’s Louisville office said in a statement. The agents took a “fresh look” at all the evidence including re-interviewing witnesses, the FBI said in a statement that was posted on its Twitter page..Taylor’s death at the hands of officers sparked protests throughout the country, and along with George Floyd’s killing, pushed lawmakers to enact police reforms. Lousiville’s Metro Council passed Breonna’s Law last week, which banned no knock warrents and requires officers to turn on their body cameras before executing any warrent.ABC News’ Sabina Ghebremedhin and Anthony Mcmahon contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more