Facebook Instagram Twitter YouTube

Minneapolis Cop Who Helped Kill George Floyd out on Bail 

Thomas Lane held George Floyd’s legs while Derek Chauvin slowly drained the life out of him. Now he’s out on bail. 

Facebook Twitter Share

We are still in the midst of a mass uprising against racist police violence. The uprising, sparked by the murder of George Floyd, is now increasingly calling to defund and abolish the police. It took days of national mobilization for all four of Floyd’s killers to be arrested: Derek Chauvin, the white cop who pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck, the two cops, who held Floyd down, and one who acted as a lookout.

Among them is 37-year-old former police officer, Thomas Lane, who was released on $750,000 bail after he crowdfunded the money. The PayPal account argued that the bail amount was set too high and that Lane “did everything he could” to save Floyd’s life. In reality, however, he too was holding Floyd down, effectively helping Chauvin asphyxiate Floyd.

Lane had been in jail for a week on charges, brought by the Minnesota state attorney general, that claim he assisted and incited Chauvin during the nine minutes he pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while he gasped “I can’t breathe.” He and the two other police officers are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and of second-degree manslaughter.

Lane’s lawyer, Earl Gray, said his client should be released because he was following Chauvin’s orders. “He was doing what he thought was right,” Gray told the Today show. “He did not stand by and watch. He was holding the legs because the guy was resisting at first.” Gray wants to argue that as a rookie cop, Lane didn’t know better. But rookie or not, Lane is responsible for murder.

Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, remain in prison and could be released if they pay $750,000 bail. For Chauvin, bail is set at $1.25 million.

Lane’s attorney’s arguments might be accepted by a judge or jury, given the history of impunity for cops. As the “Mapping Police Violence” website shows, only 1 percent of the police involved in these murders and shootings are found guilty.

This is why police impunity, the repressive state apparatus that serves the ruling class, is what ensures that these murders continue to happen freely.

Facebook Twitter Share

La Izquierda Diario Argentina

Our Argentinian sister site, part of the international network of La Izquierda Diario

United States

Image: Joshua Briz/AP

All Eyes on Columbia: We Must Build a National Campaign to Defend the Right to Protest for Palestine

After suspending and evicting students and ordering the repression of a student occupation, Columbia University has become the ground zero for attacks against the pro-Palestine movement. What happens at Columbia in the coming days has implications for our basic democratic rights, such as the right to protest.

Maryam Alaniz

April 19, 2024
NYPD officers load Pro-Palestine protesters at Columbia onto police buses

Student Workers of Columbia Union Call for Solidarity Against Repression and in Defense of the Right to Protest

In response to the suspensions and arrests of students at Columbia, the Student Workers of Columbia is circulating a call for solidarity against the repression. We re-publish their statement here and urge organizations, unions, and intellectuals to sign.

Several police officers surrounded a car caravan

Detroit Police Escalate Repression of Pro-Palestinian Protests

On April 15, Detroit Police cracked down on a pro-Palestine car caravan. This show of force was a message to protestors and an attempt to slow the momentum of the movement by intimidating people off the street and tying them up in court.

Brian H. Silverstein

April 18, 2024

The Movement for Palestine Is Facing Repression. We Need a Campaign to Stop It.

In recent weeks, the movement in solidarity with Palestine has faced a new round of repression across the U.S. We need a united campaign to combat this repression, one that raises strategic debates about the movement’s next steps.

Tristan Taylor

April 17, 2024

MOST RECENT

Left Voice Magazine for April 2024 — Labor Notes Edition!

In this issue, we delve into the state and future of the labor movement today. We take a look at the prospects for Palestinian liberation through the lens of Leon Trotsky’s theory of Permanent Revolution, and discuss the way that Amazon has created new conditions of exploitation and how workers across the world are fighting back.

Left Voice

April 20, 2024

The New Labor Movement and the Need for Anti-Imperialist and Class Independent Politics

The rise of labor in the US has put the working class at the center of national politics. It deserves class-independent politics free of the capitalist constraints of the Democratic Party.

Tatiana Cozzarelli

April 19, 2024

Palestinian Liberation and Permanent Revolution

The fight against Zionist oppression is at the center of international and domestic politics. The path forward is to fight for a free, socialist, workers’ Palestine, from the river to the sea, where Arabs and Jews can live in peace.

Jimena Vergara

April 19, 2024

Inside Amazon: Exploitation and the Fight Against Capitalist Dystopia

A new book explores "Amazonification," the spread of global logistics chains, and the reconfiguration of the working class in the 21st century