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Jury selection begins in fed trial over Floyd’s killing


Jury selection began Thursday in the federal trial of three Minneapoli­s police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, with the judge stressing repeatedly that fellow Officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction on state murder charges and guilty plea to a federal civil rights violation should not influence the proceeding­s.

J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are broadly charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority as Chauvin used his knee to pin the Black man to the street. Separately, they’re charged in state court with aiding and abetting both murder and manslaught­er in the videotaped killing that triggered worldwide protests, violence and a reexaminat­ion of racism and policing.

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