Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. As part of a plea deal, Lane will have a count of aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder dismissed. Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao were convicted in February on federal counts of violating Floyd’s civil rights. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison calls the plea an “important step toward healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community, and the nation” and “a necessary resolution on the continued journey to justice.” Former officer Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights violation. He was convicted of murder last year on state charges. The trial of Kueng and Thao is set for June 13.
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