State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was "just a rookie overridden by a senior officer at the scene."
According to KNSI Radio, prosecutors rejected Officer Thomas Lane's motion to be dismissed from the case. Lane is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death.
Lane's attorneys contend that Lane was only on the job four days when Floyd died after veteran Officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against the handcuffed man's neck for nearly eight minutes.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a document submitted to the court that "there is no free pass under state law for rookies who choose to disregard their training at the suggestion of a senior officer."