Change of venue in Floyd case?
A Minneapolis judge on Monday warned that he may move the proceedings against four police officers charged in the death of George Floyd to a different venue and issue a gag order in a case that has drawn worldwide attention, local media reported. During brief hearings for each of the four former Minneapolis police officers, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill told their attorneys and prosecutors he is concerned that pretrial publicity may impede chances of a fair trial, a local NBC affiliate reported.
“They are more than likely pushing this trial to a different venue if they (public officials) continue to do so,” Cahill told lead prosecutor Matthew Frank. “They need to be aware of that.”
Frank replied that the attorneys have no control over public officials, KARE 11 reported.
One of the former officers, Derek Chauvin, 44, pinned his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25 when he and the three other former policemen were arresting Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
The incident, caught on video by bystander, sparked massive protests against racial injustice.
Chauvin, who attended Monday’s hearing via a video link, faces a second-degree murder charge. The three other officers appeared in person and have been charged with aiding and abetting in the case.