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Ex-Minneapolis cop Tou Thao is 'waging a smear campaign' against the state in 'shameless' bid to derail prosecution after he was charged over George Floyd death'

 Former Minneapolis police officer, Tou Thao, has been accused of waging a 'desperate smear campaign,' against the state in a 'shameless' bid to derail prosecution for his part in the killing of George Floyd.

Ex-cops Thao, 35, Thomas Lane, 38, and J Alexander Keung, 27, are all awaiting trial for aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The disgraced former officers had been due in court this August, but Hennepin County District Judge Paul Cahill pushed the date to March 2022 in a bid to allow public feeling to cool in the wake of 45-year-old Chauvin's conviction and the announcement that the officers will also face federal charges.

Now, in newly filed legal documents seen , prosecutors have slammed Thao for 'harassing' prosecutors with 'frivolous filings.' And they have accused him of, 'repeatedly attempting to taint the jury pool' and 'distract' and 'divert attention' from his role in Floyd's death.


Thao was the officer who held back the crowd that gathered on the sidewalk in front of Cup Foods.

While Floyd died beneath the most senior cops' knee, Thao prevented increasingly agitated crowd members from approaching or intervening.

He told investigators that he was trying to keep the scene safe, but in Chauvin's trial the state pointed out that his comment, 'This is why you don't do drugs kids' was neither suggestive of a person experiencing any real sense of threat nor an example of any effort to build rapport.

Thou's so-called 'smear campaign' is an apparent bid to derail prosecution for his part in the killing of George Floyd, pictured

Thao was the officer who held back the crowd that gathered on the sidewalk in front of Cup Foods 

The four officers who have been charged for the murder of George Floyd are pictured in their mugshots from left to right: Derek Chauvin,  J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

The four officers who have been charged for the murder of George Floyd are pictured in their mugshots from left to right: Derek Chauvin,  J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao

In the months since he was charged Thao's attorneys, Robert and Natalie Paule, have called for the case against their client to be dismissed, prosecutors to be removed for misconduct and sanctions brought in four separate motions.

The first was filed last July and asked the court to find Attorney General Keith Ellison in contempt. The second motion was filed in December 2020 and alleged discovery violations and a third was filed in February this year and claimed that the State leaked information about the federal government's role in plea negotiations with Chauvin's counsel.

But it is the most recent filing that has provoked the State's ire and prompted the excoriating response in which it is described as 'beyond the pale.'


According to the motion filed earlier this month, 'the testimony of [Hennepin County Medical Examiner] Dr Baker was directly and indirectly coerced by the State and its agents.'

Attorneys for Thao detailed two conversations that they allege took place between Baker and the former Medical Examiner for Washington DC Dr Roger Mitchell who called Baker after reading his preliminary findings.

Baker had found no physical evidence of asphyxiation at autopsy.

According to the motion Mitchell told Baker, 'You don't want to be the medical examiner who tells everyone they didn't see what they saw.

'You don't want to be the smartest person in the room and be wrong.'

It states, 'Mitchell said neck compression has to be in the diagnosis.'

Thao's body camera footage shows the other three officers in front of Cup Foods as Derek Chauvin, left, kneels on George Floyd's neck while murdering him

Thao's body camera footage shows the other three officers in front of Cup Foods as Derek Chauvin, left, kneels on George Floyd's neck while murdering him

Thao's body camera footage shows him trying to hold back the crowd that gathered on the sidewalk in front of Cup Foods

Thao's body camera footage shows him trying to hold back the crowd that gathered on the sidewalk in front of Cup Foods

Thao and the other officers are facing a trial next year for aiding and abetting Chauvin, who was convicted of murdering him
Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering Floyd during his recent trial

Derek Chauvin, right, was convicted of murdering Floyd, left, while Thao and the other officers are facing a trial next year for aiding and abetting him

In the robust response filed Thursday prosecutors did not mince their words describing the motion as 'another bad-faith attempt by Defendant Thao to debase the State, disqualify members of the prosecution team and divert attention from his role in the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.'

They go onto describe the motion as 'part of an ongoing pattern by Defendant Thao of submitting requests without any valid legal basis, in order to manipulate the narrative and influence public opinion'

The state has described Thao's allegations as 'preposterous' and 'simply false' and point to the fact that 'Defendant Thao does not offer even a shred of evidence to support his baseless conspiracy theory.'

3 comments:

  1. Good for him!

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  2. look at "officer" Tou Thao in his blue uniform there.
    do you really believe that is a real police officer?

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  3. Sick of seeing that Big Nosed Fentanyl Floyd loser. Good riddance.

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