Thursday May 13th 2021
Aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder
Trial of ex-police officers postponed
Ex-cop Derek Chauvin has already been convicted of the murder of African American George Floyd. Three of his former colleagues are also due to be tried. However, to give them a fair trial, the process will be postponed until next year.
The trial of three alleged accomplices of the white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd in the US state of Minnesota will not begin until March next year. Judge Peter Cahill decided during a hearing in Minneapolis to postpone the trial originally scheduled for August, local media unanimously reported.
Among other things, this is intended to increase the time lag to Chauvin’s nationally observed process to enable a fair trial. In addition, the separate indictment under federal law could be advanced in the meantime, it said. The ex-police officers Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Kiernan Lane are charged with complicity in murder and second degree manslaughter. You could face several years’ imprisonment.
The death of the African American Floyd on May 25, 2020 in a brutal police operation in Minneapolis had sparked demonstrations against racism and police violence in the United States. Videos document how the police pushed the unarmed man to the ground. The now guilty ex-officer Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck for a good nine minutes while Floyd pleaded to let him breathe. According to the autopsy, Floyd passed out and died.
The other three police officers involved in the operation did not intervene or support him despite Chauvin’s actions. The jury found Chauvin guilty of second degree murder in a separate trial at the end of April. He could face up to 40 years imprisonment. The sentence will be announced in June. Independent of the Minneapolis trial, the four ex-police officers have also been charged in federal court. The US Department of Justice recently announced it was alleged to have deliberately deprived Floyd of his constitutional rights.