The attorney for former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane filed a motion to dismiss on Wednesday, citing a “lack of probable cause” for charges.
Lane is one of the four former officers that have been charged in the May 25 death of George Floyd and is facing charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter, along with Former officers J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Lane’s counsel, Earl Gray, submitted transcripts of body cams from Lane and of Keung, a transcript of Lane’s interview with investigators and photos of money that was found in Floyd’s car along with the request for dismissal.
Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money, but it remains unconfirmed if the money he had was counterfeit.
“There is not substantial admissible evidence to survive a motion for a directed verdict that Thomas Lane aided and abetted second-degree murder or manslaughter,” Gray said, per the Daily Mail.
Gray says that the rookie cop was only following the orders of former officer Derek Chauvin and that the officers were justified in their restraint of Floyd based on the way he was acting at the time of his arrest.
Lane was holding Floyd’s legs while his former colleague, Chauvin, knelt on his neck for over eight minutes. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder.