Judge postpones trial for ex-police officers involved in George Floyd case

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(MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.) — Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng — the three former Minneapolis police officers charged with the death of George Floyd — will face trial in March 2022 after Judge Peter Cahill delayed their case Thursday.

The charges the three former officers face are aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. 

The three men, including former officer Derek Chauvin, were also indicted with federal civil rights crimes by a federal grand jury in the May 25, 2020 death.  The federal trial is considering a three count indictment for “willfully depriving” Floyd of first aid, as well as his constitutional rights, against Chauvin, Lane, Thao and Kueng.  

The federal indictment highlights Theao and Kueng, stating they “willfully failed to intervene” to stop Chauvin’s use of force.

Judge Cahill delayed the three men’s state trial in order for the federal charges to proceed in court.  

The three waived their right to appear for the hearing on Thursday when Judge Cahill made the call.

Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter last month in his involvement in George Floyd’s death.

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