A trial date has been set for three of the former Minneapolis police officers who were implicated in the death of George Floyd.
According to ABC News, an order from Judge Peter Cahill indicates that the opening statements of the trial of Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – all of whom are accused of aiding and abetting both murder and manslaughter – will begin on March 28, 2022. The tribunal will sit on March 7 to deal with any administrative matters or evidentiary requests. Jury selection for the trial will begin on March 8. The judge also set deadlines for lawyers to file documents relating to the case.
In May, Justice Cahill postponed the trial until March 2022 to ensure the federal case was completed before trial. He said the distance was necessary given the publicity surrounding Derek Chauvin’s case.
In April, Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter for his involvement in Floyd’s death. He is due to be sentenced on June 25.
Prosecutors are seeking to add a new count of complicity in third degree murder against Lane, Thao and Kueng. In their argument, they asked the three-judge panel to send the case back to a lower court to add the new charge, citing the reinstatement of Chauvin’s third degree murder charge as a reason why the judges should rule in their favor. They said the court is supposed to “treat cases the same.”
The four ex-cops also face federal charges for Floyd’s death. The men are accused of willfully violating Floyd’s constitutional rights while he was detained over a year ago. Chauvin is charged with unreasonable force by a police officer, while the other three former cops are accused of violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure because they “deliberately failed to ‘intervene to prevent Chauvin from using unreasonable force. In addition, the four men are accused of failing to provide Floyd with medical attention.