ST. Paul, Minn. – Federal trial of three former Minneapolis police officers George Floyd’s civil rights violation charge was adjourned Wednesday after one of the former officers tested positive for coronavirus, court officials said.
Judge Paul Magnuson, who is hearing the case, did not say which of the three defendants – J. Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane – had tested positive, but speculation has focused on Mr. the only one of the three defendants. who was not in court on Wednesday morning.
Mr. Lane’s attorney, Earl Grey, did not respond to a request for comment. However, shortly before the judge announced the adjournment, Mr Gray approached a reporter and said, “Wait until you hear this,” as he walked out of the courtroom.
Judge Magnuson said the trial, started last weekwill be paused at least until Monday.
Three former officers face federal and state charges related to the killing of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street corner in May 2020. Their state trial is scheduled for later this year.
A fourth former officer, Derek Chauvin, was tried separately in state court for murder and sentenced in April 2021; he pleaded guilty to federal charges against him in the December case.
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All three defendants be assigned to do sth for not providing medical aid to Mr. Floyd during the encounter, when officers were trying to arrest Mr. Floyd on suspicion of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Mr. Kueng and Mr. Thao also charged Do not intervene to prevent Mr. Chauvin from using too much force when he knelt on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes, causing Mr. Floyd to lose consciousness and die. The murder has sparked massive protests across the country over police violence and systemic racism.
Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths have surged in recent weeks in Ramsey County, including St. Paul. About three-quarters of county residents over the age of 5 are fully vaccinated.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/02/us/george-floyd-trial-postponed.html The trial of officers in the killing of George Floyd is handled after infection