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4 Cops in George Floyd Killing May Be Turning On Each Other

Former officers are seeking separate trials
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2020 7:17 AM CDT
Updated Sep 11, 2020 2:07 PM CDT

(Newser) – Four ex-cops charged in the death of George Floyd appeared in court in Minneapolis on Friday—but they would rather be apart. The four men—including Derek Chauvin, who knelt on the Floyd's neck for eight minutes as he struggled to breathe—are blaming each other for Floyd's death and seeking separate trials, the Washington Post reports. Chauvin's lawyer says the veteran officer was assisting an arrest already in progress, while lawyers for J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane say the rookies deferred to Chauvin. The fourth officer, Tou Thao, has told investigators he was focused on controlling bystanders. More:

  • Change of venue unlikely. The four men also want the trial to be moved out of Minneapolis, but former judge LaJune Lange doubts it will happen since the case is already notorious nationwide, CBS Minneapolis reports. "A change of venue motion would only serve to reduce persons of color and persons who have diverse experiences in the jury pool," Lange says.

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