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Jury selected for federal trial over George Floyd’s killing


A jury was picked Thursday for 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.

Jury selection took just one day for the federal trial. The judge said opening statements would be Monday, with the court taking up some evidentiar­y matters on Friday.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson questioned potential jurors in groups to get a pool of 40 people, who had already answered an extensive questionna­ire. Each side then used their challenges to strike jurors until they had just 18 people -- 12 who will deliberate and six alternates.

By comparison, at Chauvin’s state trial, the judge and attorneys questioned each juror individual­ly and spent more than two weeks picking a panel.

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