Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Status hearing set for 3 policemen accused in Floyd’s death

scheduled tribe. Paul, Min. ( Associated Press) — Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating civil rights during the arrest of George Floyd were due to appear in federal court Tuesday for a pretrial conference that addressed a range of issues What could be included. Evidence will be allowed at trial.

Tou Thao, J. Kueng and Thomas Lane faced trial on January 20 for alleging that they deprived Floyd of his rights while acting under government authority.

In particular, the authorities are accused of denying Floyd the right to be freed from indifference to his medical needs. Thao and Kueng are also accused of deliberately depriving Floyd, who was Black, of his right to be released with undue force by failing to prevent fellow officer Derek Chauvin from pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck.

Chauvin, who is white, was convicted in April of state murder and manslaughter charges. Last month, he pleaded guilty to a federal count of civil rights violations of Floyd.

The May 2020 killing was captured on spectator video and the overwhelming protest against police brutality in the US and beyond.

According to evidence from the Chauvin murder trial, Kueng and Lane helped stop 46-year-old Floyd from being on the ground. Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back and Lane lowered Floyd’s legs. Thao prevented the audience from intervening.

Pre-trial hearings, sometimes called status conferences, are the norm. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnusson is expected to determine how the trial will proceed and weigh what evidence will limit or allow. Several petitions have been filed by both the parties.

Among them, Kueng’s lawyer, Tom Plunkett, wants paramedics to be barred from testifying about whether Floyd died when he arrived, saying it is irrelevant. Prosecutors disagree, saying the government must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the actions of the officers resulted in Floyd’s death. They hope to present evidence that shows officers were trained “to act quickly to provide potentially life-saving support when a person is no longer breathing and has no pulse.” should do.”

Thao’s lawyer, Bob Poole, wants the court to restrain prosecutors from asking witnesses how they felt during Floyd’s arrest or watching videos of it, saying such testimony is likely to mislead the jury. Prosecutors say the witnesses’ comments are relevant because the jury determines the officers’ state of mind.

Paul is also asking the judge to stop the witnesses from wearing clothes that might bias the jury. Specifically, he said that a Minneapolis firefighter who witnessed a death in the line of duty should not wear his uniform when testifying, as he did in the Chauvin murder trial.

Lane’s lawyer, Earl Gray, also called for the government to bar the 10-year-old girl from calling her as a witness, saying her testimony would be used to invoke sympathy. Prosecutors disagreed, saying that even the young girl, who was 9 at the time, could see Floyd need serious medical attention.

Prosecutors are asking that defendants be barred from presenting evidence about the Minneapolis Police Department’s culture and complaints of past use of force. Paule and Plunkett argued that withholding such evidence would prevent them from making a full defence.

Plunkett is also seeking to produce evidence from 2019 about two police stops in which Floyd was present, saying they show how he acted when confronted by police and that he does not have claustrophobia, as he did. During the arrest told the officers that his death ended. Prosecutors say Floyd’s prior police encounter is irrelevant.

Paule and Gray also want to make an additional challenge, citing pretrial publicity during jury selection. Normally, the government has six challenges and in a multiple-defendant case the defendant has 10.

It was not known whether Magnussen would issue a ruling during Tuesday’s hearing.

The three former officers also face state charges of aiding and abetting in both murder and manslaughter.


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