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George Floyd-Officers-Civil Rights, ADVISORY

George Floyd-Officers-Civil Rights, ADVISORY

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Jury selection is set to begin Thursday, Jan. 20, in the federal trial of three fired Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Kueng charged with federal civil rights violations in George Floyds death. The trial, being held in in St. Paul, Minnesota, is expected to last several weeks.

There is no camera or video access to the proceedings. AP will offer sketches from the courtroom on merits, as well as photo and video coverage from outside the courtroom on merits, including video and photos of possible protests and video debriefs of reporters covering the proceedings.

The AP plans these preview stories:

TUESDAY, Jan. 18

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS-CONVICTING COPS — First, it was Mohamed Noor convicted of murder for shooting an innocent citizen who approached his police SUV. Then it was Derek Chauvin, perhaps the most notable defendant, also found guilty of murder for pinning George Floyd to a Minneapolis street as he gasped for air. Finally, it was Kim Potter, guilty of manslaughter for shooting a young Black man in a traffic stop. Three recent convictions of police officers, all in the Minneapolis area, have some people asking: Is something changing with juries historic unwillingness to convict cops charged with bad acts? As three more officers head for federal trial in Floyds death, some legal experts say the answer is: Maybe. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos.

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS — Jury selection opens Thursday in the federal trial for the three Minneapolis police officers who joined Derek Chauvin in the fatal restraint of George Floyd in May 2020. Tou Thao, J. Kueng and Thomas Lane are charged broadly with depriving Floyd of his civil rights under the color of law. The case against the fired officers revolves largely around their failure to stop Chauvin from pressing his knee into Floyds neck as Floyd gasped for air, and that they didnt offer medical care. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos, video.

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-WHO ARE THEY? The bystander video that captured George Floyds death made Derek Chauvin a familiar and notorious face almost immediately, as did the weeks-long state trial that found him guilty of murder. The three other Minneapolis police officers going on trial in federal court in Floyds death are less well known. The two who helped restrain Floyd were rookies just a few days into their jobs as full-fledged officers. One of those, and the officer who held back a handful of concerned citizens, were minority officers in a department seeking to become more diverse. By Steve Karnowski. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos.

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS-TIMELINE — A look at significant events leading up to the civil rights trial. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS-EXPLAINER-CHARGES An explainer on the federal charges facing the three former officers on trial in Minnesota. By Amy Forliti. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.

THURSDAY, Jan. 20

GEORGE FLOYD-OFFICERS-CIVIL RIGHTS — Jury selection was expected to begin Thursday for three former police officers charged with federal civil rights violations in George Floyds death. By Amy Forliti. SETUP story of 800 words, photos to move overnight, with updates filed after beginning of proceedings, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. CT.

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first published:January 15, 2022, 01:12 IST