Former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane pleaded guilty Wednesday to aiding and abetting manslaughter in former officer Derek Chauvin's killing of George Floyd in 2020, Axios reports. As part of a plea deal, Lane agreed to serve a three-year sentence concurrently with his federal sentence for violating Floyd's civil rights. Lane's guilty plea comes a week before the two-year anniversary of Floyd's murder, which set off nationwide protests against police brutality.
"I am pleased Thomas Lane has accepted responsibility for his role in Floyd’s death. His acknowledgment he did something wrong is an important step toward healing the wounds of the Floyd family, our community, and the nation," said Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. The two other officers who were at the scene that day, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, are scheduledt to stand trial on criminal charges next month.