Latest On George Floyd Death: Attorney For Accused Police Officer Says Cop Committed No Crime

By Abimbola Ogunnaike with agency report

The lawyer to one of the former police officers accused in the death of George Floyd  has told ABC News that his client did not commit a crime and will not be pleading guilty in the case.

Earl Gray, the attorney for former officer Thomas Lane, told ABC News’ Alex Perez that Lane had been on the job for only four days at the time of the incident and that he relied heavily on the advice and training of 20-year veteran officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen on video holding Floyd down with his knee on Floyd’s neck.

Lane was “concerned about the guy,” and after medics arrived he “jumped in the ambulance” to perform CPR, Gray said.

Gray said that Lane asked three times, “Shall we roll him over?” but Chauvin refused.

“My client did exactly what he was supposed to do — followed the experienced officer’s advice. He had no knowledge that Chauvin was killing this guy,” Gray said.

He added that Lane would not be accepting a plea deal in the case.


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