One of the rookie cops charged with George Floyd’s death was only “doing what he thought was right,” his attorney said Monday shifting blame to officer Derek Chauvin who held Floyd down with a knee to the neck. Chauvin is expected to appear in court for arraignment today on second degree murder charges.According to reports, Lane and fellow rookie officer, J.Alexander Kueng, appeared in court Thursday, and blamed senior officer Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s death. The third junior officer charged in the case has been cooperating with authorities. All three have been charged with aiding and abetting in Floyd’s killing last month.Attorney Earl Gray tells the Today show his client, former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, was on his fourth day of duty when he responded to the incident involving Floyd on Memorial Day. He says Lane did not “stand there and watch.”https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/AttorneyEarlGray_0608_1.mp3It was Thomas Lane’s third shift with the Minneapolis Police Department when he helped pin down Floyd, 46, leading to the caught-on-camera death that has sparked protests around the world.“He was doing what he thought was right,” Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, said in a “Today” show Monday.“He did not stand by and watch. He was holding the legs because the guy was resisting at first,” he insisted of the 37-year-old rookie, who was fired and then arrested and charged along with the three others involved.Chauvin was filmed keeping his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes — almost three minutes of which the 46-year-old was completely unresponsive after repeatedly begging, “I can’t breathe.”Gray said Lane questioned his superior’s decision to keep the clearly distressed suspect pinned down — but felt he had to follow his superior’s commands.“When he’s holding his legs, he says to Chauvin, ‘Well, shall we roll him over because he says he can’t breathe?’ Chauvin says no,” Gray said.“Now, if you’ve ever been in the military, you ask your sergeant should we do something and he says no, are you going to say, ‘Well no, I’m going to do it anyway’? I don’t think so,” Gray stressed.Lane, Chauvin and two other officers — Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — were fired from Minnesota police over Floyd’s death.Chauvin is due to make his first court appearance Monday on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.The others are charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.Under Minnesota law, the charges are tantamount to a second-degree murder charge, so Thao, Lane and Kueng face the same potential sentence as Chauvin — a maximum of 40 years in prison — if convicted.
Several University offices created a physical location for USC’s virtual food pantry in the Student Union building due to an increased demand from students. The virtual food pantry was originally created to support food-insecure students on campus. Students who visit the food pantry can pick up two large items and three small items each week. Photo from Facebook.The Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives, with the help of campus cultural centers and the Norman Topping Student Aid Fund, decided the change was appropriate in order to expand the pantry. The addition allows students to pick up two bulk items and three snacks and individual items per week from the physical location. The pantry includes perishable items such as eggs, milk, vegetables, frozen food, fruits, canned goods, pasta and snack items. They also offer feminine hygiene products.“We’ve collected a lot of data from the virtual food pantry and based on the data from [it] and data from the ‘Grab N’ Go’ pantries, we felt that a physical pantry with perishable items would better serve this growing population of students dealing with food insecurity,” said Mary Ho, assistant dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.The food pantry is temporarily located in room 422 of the Student Union building. The Diversity and Strategic Initiatives office said it plans to expand the pantry to a bigger location later in the year. Those offices involved in bringing the pantry to campus say that they are using the food pantry successes at other universities to develop the most efficient and beneficial way to cater to students struggling with food insecurity.“The Office for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives coordinates the Trojan Guardian Scholars program, a program for foster youth and current homeless college students,” Ho said. “Through the program, we saw students are [also] struggling with food insecurity.” The pantry was opened in 2016 since some students on USC’s campus were dealing with food insecurity, Ho said. As a result, Leo Braudy, a Dornsife professor, and his wife Dorothy decided to donate to fund the pantry. The pantry began as a virtual pantry, providing students with a $25 Trader Joe’s gift card up to three times a semester. Students were also able to pick up three items at Grab N’ Go stations, one which was located in the Topping office.Ho said the office is looking forward to uncovering more information about food insecurity at USC and he believes that being able to provide these food resources to students is an amazing opportunity.“The food pantry program has been a community effort with a lot of folks across the University coming together, who are passionate about supporting students dealing with food insecurity and financial instability,” Ho said.Organizers of the pantry have marketed the service to students using flyers and Facebook. Students who would like to donate food to the new physical pantry can contact [email protected] or drop off food at STU 422.
This year’s schedule of downtown walking tours begins at noon Friday with “Esther Short — The Founding of a Community.”The group will meet at the statue of George Vancouver near the southwest corner Esther Short Park.The Friday tours offered by the Clark County Historical Museum will visit seven areas of downtown Vancouver; the schedule will be repeated, starting July 19, for a 14-week season.Four routes will start at the museum, 1511 Main St.The schedule:May 31 and July 19: “Esther Short — The Founding of a Community.”June 7 and July 26: “Lower Main — Open for Business.”June 14 and Aug. 2: “Uptown Village — Growth and Celebration.”June 21 and Aug. 9: “Hough — The Rise of Residential Districts, Part 1.”June 28 and Aug. 16: “Arnada — The Rise of Residential Districts, Part 2.”July 5 and Aug. 23: “Middle Main — For Your Entertainment.”July 12 and Aug. 30: “Carter Park — The Roaring 20s and Beyond.”Go to http://www.cchmuseum.org/events/walking-tours/ or call 360-993-5679 for information, including starting points for tours.Tour tickets are $5 for Clark County Historical Society members and $7 for nonmembers, and are available at the museum up to an hour before tours start.Season passes, good for seven tours, are $30 for members and $44 for non-members.Reservations are recommended, but drop-ins are welcome as long as they bring a check or exact change to the tour.