Change of venue in Floyd case?

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

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.

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