Audio of BCA interview with former officer Lane released to public | KSTP.com

Audio of BCA interview with former officer Lane released to public

Thomas Lane. Photo: Hennepin County Jail. Thomas Lane.

Eric Chaloux
Updated: August 18, 2020 09:04 PM
Created: August 18, 2020 03:52 PM

Audio recordings from former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane’s June interview with investigators regarding George Floyd’s death were released Tuesday.

Lane answered the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents questions nearly a couple of weeks after Floyd’s death in late May.

In the nearly 90 minute interview with investigators, Lane was asked about details from that evening at East 38th Street and Chicago Avenue where Floyd was eventually handcuffed and put face down on the ground.

"Once he (Floyd) kind of stopped fighting us, l think l had said again, 'I think we should roll him onto his side,'" Lane recalled to agents in a court transcript of the interview.

Lane said he believed Chauvin told them to continue holding Floyd in his position because there was an ambulance on the way.

Former officers Thomas Lane, J Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao all face charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was seen in video footage with his knee on Floyd's neck, faces one count of third-degree murder, one count of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree manslaughter.

Lane told investigators the technique Chauvin used on Floyd was one he had not seen before.

“I would say I felt like it maybe could have been handled differently or we should be reassessing what we're doing," Lane told investigators reflecting on how Floyd was restrained.

To read a full-transcript of Lane’s interview with the BCA click here.

Listen to the full interview in the player below:

Body camera transcripts reveal new details about night of George Floyd's death

Lane’s attorney filed new court documents on Monday trying to have the case dismissed


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