George Floyd death: Former Minneapolis police officer Tou Thao released from jail

MINNEAPOLIS — One of the former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd on May 25 was released from jail Saturday, according to Hennepin County jail records.

Tao Thao, 34, posted $750,000 bail and was released from jail shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday, the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis reported. Thao had been held on $1 million bail with no conditions or $750,000 bail with conditions, the newspaper reported.

Thao was one of the officers present when fellow Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. He is the third former police officer to be released.

Thao, along with Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, were charged with unintentional aiding and abetting second-degree murder as well as aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter, KSTP reported. Lane and Kueng were already released from jail.

Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and remains in jail.

Thao is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, the Star-Tribune reported.

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