A judge has postponed the trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder and manslaughter of George Floyd to 2022.
Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao were scheduled to face trial on Aug. 23 on charges on aiding and abetting second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter when they assisted former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in arresting Floyd last year. But the three officers will now be tried on March 7, 2022.
During a pre-trial hearing for the three former officers on May 13, Judge Peter Cahill announced the decision to move the trial to allow a federal case against all four officers to go first.
No date has been set for the federal case, which alleges that they violated Floyd’s constitutional rights during the arrest.
Cahill also cited the publicity of the case for the change of date.
“What this trial needs is some distance from all the press that has occurred and is going to occur this summer,” Cahill said, referring to Chauvin’s trial last April and his scheduled sentencing on June 25.
It was not made clear who originally sought to postpone the trial.
Last April, a jury found Chauvin, a white man, guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after Chauvin, a 19-year veteran, pinned his knee onto Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes.
A video of the arrest and of Floyd’s death circulated online and sparked months-long demonstrations in the United States and in other parts of the world, protesting against police brutality and systemic racism.