Ex-officers accused in George Floyd killing request trial be broadcast live

The request is an unusual one in Minnesota.
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The four former Minneapolis police officers accused in the death of George Floyd have asked that their trials be broadcast live.

The request was made in a court filing on behalf of the officers, and asks that the court allow "video and audio coverage of all pre-trial and trial proceedings" in the cases against Derek Chauin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng.

Their attorneys argue that live coverage is necessary in order to ensure a fair trial.

This, they say, follows "the State’s and other governmental actors multiple inappropriate public comments," with the live broadcast designed to "assure on open hearing in light of the ongoing pandemic."

The quartet complain of "unethical 'leaks' of information" and "many prejudicial comments" from among others Gov. Tim Walz, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, and Mayor Jacob Frey.

Also mentioned is Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, who this week said that Floyd's death wasn't the result of deficient police training, but the result of murder.

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Chauvin has been charged with 2nd-degree murder after video showed him with his knee on Floyd's neck for 7 minutes 46 seconds, while Kueng and Lane were also holding him down.

The other three officers have been charged with 2nd-degree aiding and abetting murder.

FOX 9 notes that it would be unusual for this to be permitted by the court, with Minnesota courts having "notoriously blocked media coverage of proceedings" except for at sentencing when all parties consent.

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