On Saturday (July 4), news broke that Tao Thao, the third former cop involved in George Floyd’s death on May 25, was released from jail.
According to Kiro 7, the former officer posted $750,000 bail and left the facility around 11 a.m. EST. Thao’s release followed in the footsteps of the two other former cops –Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng –who also shelled out a sizable amount for their freedom until their scheduled court appearance.
The outlet also noted that Thao, who was charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder, is scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 11.
Last month, Minneapolis Chief Medaria Arradondo spoke out about the devastating death of Floyd, which resulted from police brutality. He explained that Derek Chauvin, the fourth officer that remains behind bars with a $1.25 million bail, was aware of his wrongful actions during the incident.
“Mr. George Floyd’s tragic death was not due to a lack of training — the training was there. Chauvin knew what he was doing,” Arradondo said in a statement. “The officers knew what was happening — one intentionally caused it and the others failed to prevent it. This was murder — it wasn’t a lack of training.”
Around the same time, Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender announced during a Black Lives Matter rally her plans to dissolve the state’s police department. While speaking to the crowd, she explained her commitment to ending “toxicity” in the force.
“Our commitment is to do what is necessary to keep every single member of our community safe and to tell the truth that the Minneapolis Police are not doing that,” Bender said. “Our commitment is to end our city’s toxic relationship with the Minneapolis Police Department, to end policing as we know it, and to recreate systems of public safety that actually keep us safe.”