The federal trial begins for 3 other officers at the scene of George Floyd's murder
Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng are charged by federal prosecutors with failing to provide medical care to George Floyd as their former colleague Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020. Floyd died at the scene.Thao and Kueng are additionally charged for failing to intervene with Chauvin's treatment of Floyd. A jury of 18, including six alternates, was seated in just one day of jury selection on Thursday. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson is expecting to swear them in Monday morning. The jury consists of 10 women and eight men from across the state. A pool reporter in the courtroom during jury selection noted that 16 of the jurors appeared to be white and two appeared to be of Asian descent. Prosecutors and defense attorneys met with the judge on Friday morning to resolve pretrial issues, but did not open the hearings to the public. Security is high at the federal courthouse in downtown St. Paul, which is surrounded by tall fencing. The judge has restricted the number of people allowed in the seventh floor courtroom due to concerns about COVID-19. Just a handful of family members and journalists are allowed in the courtroom proper each day. Some members of the media and the public are able to watch proceedings on closed-feed cameras in overflow rooms elsewhere in the courthouse. On May 25, 2020, then-officers Lane and Kueng responded to a 911 call reporting that someone had tried to pass a $20 bill at a south Minneapolis corner store. An employee pointed out Floyd, who was in the driver's seat of an SUV across the street. Lane approached Floyd and almost immediately pulled out his firearm. After handcuffing Floyd, Lane and Kueng tried to force him into the back of a police squad. He resisted getting in, telling them he was claustrophobic. Chauvin arrived at the scene and took Floyd to the ground. Chauvin restrained Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes, even after Kueng reported that he didn't have a pulse and Lane asked whether they should flip Floyd over. As bystanders gathered on a nearby sidewalk pleaded with officers to let Floyd up, Thao kept them at bay. Floyd died at the scene.Chauvin was convicted this spring in state court of murder and manslaughter for Floyd's killing. He was sentenced to 22 1/2 years. He also pleaded guilty last month to violating Floyd's civil rights in federal court but has not yet been sentenced. He'll serve the state and federal prison sentences concurrently. The three former officers also face separate state charges for aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. The judge overseeing that state case ordered last week for it to be moved to June 13.Jurors from outside the Twin Cities metro area will be provided with accommodations by the federal courts during the trial. Judge Magnuson told jurors last week that he expects the trial to run for about a month. Copyright 2022 MPR News. To see more, visit MPR News.