by Penka Arsova
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, as well as the three other former officers charged in the death of George Floyd, appeared in court on Friday at the Hennepin County Family Justice Center.
This is Chauvin’s first in-person court appearance since he was charged with second-degree murder. Chauvin faces the most serious accusations. The other three former police officers, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao – are charged with aiding and abetting Floyd’s murder.
[…] In detail: The defense and prosecution have already discussed a number of motions put before the court. The defense has argued in favor of a change of venue, a sequestered jury, an anonymous jury, and disqualifying the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.
Attorneys for the accused claimed that the venue for the trial needs to be changed because of the publicity of Floyd’s death and the case. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill suggested trying to find a jury first before considering a venue change.