Mostly White Jury Seated in Federal Trial Over George Floyd’s Death
In SummaryJury selection for the federal trial was quick compared to the state trial for Derek Chauvin, which took over two weeks.
Eighteen jurors, who appear mostly white, have been selected for the federal trial of the three former Minneapolis police officers charged with George Floyd’s death.
According to The Associated Press, 12 jurors and six alternates were selected. One person in the group of 12 jurors is of Asian descent and one of the alternates is also Asian. The court declined to release additional demographic data about the jurors.
Despite the judge telling potential jurors the case has “absolutely nothing” to do with race, the death of George Floyd caused international protests from the Black Lives Matter movement and movements against police and racial violence.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck during an attempted arrest in May 2020, was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after being convicted of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree murder and third-degree murder. Chauvin also pleaded guilty on the federal level, avoiding this federal trial.
J. Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his civil rights while acting under government authority. Keung is Black, Lane is white and Lane is Hmong American, according to The Associated Press.
Their state trial was initially scheduled for March 7 but was delayed to allow federal prosecutors to complete their trial. On the state level, the three officers face charges for aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Keung held down Floyd’s torso, Lane restrained his legs and Thao stopped bystanders from getting too close as Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck, CNN reported.