MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The four former Minneapolis police officers charged with George Floyd’s death are due in court on Monday for a hearing on bail amounts and other issues.
It is the second hearing for the men who were fired after Floyd’s death on May 25. Derek Chauvin, 44, is charged with murder and other counts in the second degree, while Thomas Lane, 37, J. Kueng, 26, and Tou Thao, 34, are charged with helping and supporting Chauvin.
Floyd died after Chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to the cuffed neck of the 46-year-old black man for nearly eight minutes. The officers responded to a call about a man attempting to pass a counterfeit $ 20 bill at a nearby store.
The defendants have not presented any means. Chauvin’s lawyer has not publicly responded to the allegations, while Lane and Kueng’s lawyers have sought to minimize the role of their clients and ward off the blame of the more experienced Chauvin on Floyd’s death, sparking protests worldwide against police brutality.
Among the issues that can be addressed during Monday’s hearings in Minneapolis are motions to reduce bail. Chauvin remains in custody, with a $ 1 million bail and a list of common conditions. Thao’s conditional bail was set at $ 750,000. Lane and Kueng are free on bond. It has also not been resolved whether the four are tried together or separately.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides the case. He ruled on Friday that there will be no video or audio report of any preliminary investigations. Defense attorneys asked for such coverage, but prosecutors objected. The judge did not rule on whether or not to allow cameras for the trial itself, which usually requires the consent of all parties in Minnesota.
Kueng’s lawyer, Tom Plunkett, filed a motion on behalf of all four defendants on Sunday asking the judge to reconsider. He claimed that prosecutors and other officials had forfeited their right to object to cameras in the courtroom by making public comments that even went as “saying the accused are guilty of murder.” He said that allowing electronic pre-trial reporting would in fact make it easier to impress an honest jury by helping “inform the public that there may be more to it than what the state has told them.” .
The charges against Chauvin include accidental first-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree murder. For second-degree murder, a maximum sentence of 40 years is imposed in prison, third-degree murder up to 25 years and manslaughter up to 10 years.
The other three ex-officers are charged with aiding murder and second degree murder. These charges amount to the counts against Chauvin and carry the same sanctions.
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