Single Trial Ordered for Ex-Cops in George Floyd Case
(UnitedVoice.com) – On May 25, George Floyd died after an interaction with Minneapolis police officers. Prosecutors charged four officers in his death. On Thursday, November 5, there were two big pre-trial rulings in the case.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill decided all four officers will stand trial together. Defense attorneys argued against one trial. They believe the men have a right to separate trials because the officers could start pointing fingers and damaging one another. That might hurt their chances of being acquitted.
A judge ruled that the 4 former Minneapolis officers charged in George Floyd's killing will be tried together. He rejected a request to move the trial outside the Minneapolis area.https://t.co/YBXMxXCkz0
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Cahill also refused to move the trial. Lawyers for the accused said the pre-trial publicity would make it hard for them to receive a fair trial. However, the judge said he would revisit the venue later if it becomes an issue.
It doesn’t seem fair to lump all of the cases together. Shouldn’t Americans be allowed to face juries on their own if they choose?
The former officers will stand trial together in March.
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