- The Minnesota Police Department included instructions on how to use the highly controversial neck restraint, according to the document published by the court. It was the same type of neck restraint which was used on George Floyd.
- Based on the court documents obtained by The Daily Beast, a motion was applied to dismiss the charges against Thomas Lane, one of the three officers who didn’t intervene while then-officer Derek Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes before Floyd’s death on May 25.
- In the Minneapolis Police Department’s training manual obtained by The Daily Beast, the kneeling maneuver is explained clearly and said to be applied on suspects that try to resist the arrest.
- According to the motion filed by Lane’s lawyer, he was just following the order as written in the Minneapolis Police Department’s training manual at the time of the Floyd’s incident.
- The charge of a second degree murder was given by the court to Derek Chauvin, while Lane and his fellow officers Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng were charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder, as well as abetting second-degree manslaughter.
The Minneapolis Police Department trained its officers to use the kneeling procedure for any suspect trying the resist arrest. The same neck restraint caused George Floyd’s death in May 25, according to the court’s documents which was obtained by The Daily Beast.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, was killed on May 25 following an arrest in which a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes.
The court documents obtained by The Daily Post showed that there was a motion to dismiss the charge against Thomas Lane, one of the three officers who didn’t intervene and stop then-officer Derek Chauvin from killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck.
The Minneapolis Police Department’s training manual obtained by The Daily Post stated that the maneuver is to be used on suspects who try to resist arrest. The training manual also detailed that the department authorizes the use of different types of force techniques. It clearly stated the difference between neck restraints and chokeholds.
A chokehold is a deadly maneuver which applies direct pressure on a person’s trachea or airway. The neck restraint is a non-deadly force option which applies compression on a person’s neck on both sides, with the use of an arm or leg. It doesn’t apply any direct pressure on the trachea or airway, according to the Minneapolis Police Department.
Every new officer has to go through the training manual. The department warns that a sudden cardiac arrest typically occurs immediately following a sudden violent struggle, which is why the department always instructs officers to place the arrested person in the recovery position to alleviate the positional asphyxia. They are also instructed to immediately call the emergency service once the suspect is handcuffed.
According to the motion filed by Lane’s attorney, Lane was just following the order of the training manual at the time of Floyd’s death. The 37-year-old Thomas Lane started his career last December, and it was only his fourth full-time shift as a police officer at the time of the incident.
The motion said that Lane knew Floyd needed to be restrained. Derek Chauvin was applying reasonable force on Floyd’s neck when he executed the kneeling restraint.
Lane was released a few months after for a bail amount of $750,000.
Floyd’s autopsy was conducted in the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. The result of the autopsy stated that Floyd became unresponsive while he was being restrained by the law enforcement officer. He died as a result of cardiopulmonary arrest, due to the neck restraint.