Ex-officer's attorney says witnesses should have intervened in Floyd arrest, quickly backtracks

Earl Gray has been vocal in disputing the charges against his client, Thomas Lane.
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The attorney for one of the ex-officers involved in the killing of George Floyd has suggested that members of the public watching his arrest should have intervened.

Earl Gray, who is representing former officer Thomas Lane, made the suggestion in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on Monday evening, before quickly backtracking.

The comment was made regarding the 2nd-degree aiding and abetting murder charges filed against his client, for failing to stop former officer Derek Chauvin from kneeling on Floyd's neck.

Gray first claimed that Lane couldn't see the position Chauvin was in from where he was – kneeling on the lower half of Floyd's body to hold him down.

He then added: "If all people say my client didn't intercede, if the public was there and they're in uproar about this, they didn't intercede either," Gray said.

Cuomo immediately called Gray out, saying: "And the idea that the civilians should have rushed in to a policing situation in the inner city of Minneapolis against four police officers that have weapons and are kneeling on the neck of a man — don't you think that's asking a little much of civilians and a little too little of your client?"

"Absolutely, I'm not, I just brought that up," Gray responded.

The video showing the arrest that led to Floyd's death did show that there were several bystanders who tried to intercede verbally, at first asking and then telling police to let Floyd get up as he said "I can't breathe" and "help" while on the ground.

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Lane, who had only been a fully fledged police officer for a few days at the time, was the only one of the officers to raise questions about the manner of the arrest, according to charging documents, which state that he asked Chauvin if Floyd should be rolled on to his side as he was concerned he might suffer "excited delirium," which Chauvin rejected.

It's because of this that Gray suggested the 2nd-degree aiding and abetting murder charges against his client are "bullshit" last week.

On CNN, Gray also said that Lane went into the ambulance with Floyd and administered CPR, saying: "He's a man of compassion, he's not a violent person."

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