There appears to be some disarray in the legal camps of the ex-cops, charged for the death George Floyd. Attorneys for Derek Chauvin, Alexander Keung, Tou Thao, and Thomas Lane have argued for their respective clients to be tried individually since each one of them played a different role in the fracas that led to the death of the victim in Minnesota.
It appears the defendants are already pointing fingers at one another in an attempt to downplay the impact of each person’s action in George Floyd’s demise. While the video of George Floyd’s death clearly shows Derek Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes until he becomes unconscious, two of the other defendants can also be seen firmly grabbing the legs of the African American man.
This new development is perhaps a response to suggestions by the prosecution that all four ex-cops stand trial together. The reasoning behind this request from the prosecution is that the crime was commited at one location by all four defendants and the evidence clearly puts all four defendants at the scene.
The defendants are expected to appear in court on Friday, 11 September 2020, where they intend to present their requests to the Minnesota court. They are also expected to table a request, moving their trial away from Minneapolis due to the possibility of the picked jury having an anti-police bias.
The defense’s request, however, to have the charges dismissed will not heard on friday. It will be listened to at the trial scheduled for March 2021.
George Floyd’s tragic death in May is remembered not only for the visual gruesomeness but also for inspiring a “defund the police” movement that has shaken lots of cities in the US. This has led to lots of riots, looting and vandalism across the country as the US is once again faced with the ugly menance of racial tension.