source: West Central Tribune
published: 20 January 2022
It took a single day to find 18 jurors for the federal trial of the three ex-Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s constitutional rights while in police custody. Opening statements are expected [on 24 January].
Floyd was killed in May 2020 after former officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes.
Former officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, who were on the scene, are charged with failing to provide medical aid to Floyd. Thao and Kueng are charged with failing to intervene with Chauvin’s use of force.
Chauvin was found guilty in April on state murder and manslaughter charges. He was sentenced to 22½ years in prison. He pleaded guilty last month to federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights.
On Thursday, federal Judge Paul Magnuson told prospective jurors the federal case was complicated by the separate state court proceedings against Chauvin, but that jurors “have to decide this case based upon the evidence that is presented in this case, and the law as the court will instruct you in this case.”