Minnesota judge lifted the gag order against the four former police officers involved in the death of George Floyd, Tuesday but will make body camera footage more widely available.
Judge: “The gag order didn’t work. If anything it may have exacerbated the issue.”— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) July 22, 2020
A #Minnesota judge removed a gag order against the 4 former #Police officers charged in the death of #GeorgeFloyd. https://t.co/a8p7NFzR0O
Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill agreed on the defense attorneys of the four charged officers stand that the order limits their clients' chances to defend themselves against public scrutiny. The gag order limits both parties to discuss and make statements in public about the criminal case, which the defense objects. The judge points out that certain parties were attempting to “tiptoe” around the order which defeats the purpose of the gag. Cahill noted that attorneys would still be subject to adhere to legal rules of disclosure of information of the case. Relating to the body camera footage that Thomas Lane, one of the accused, handed through his attorney Earl Gray to the court, Cahill said he would consider the news media coalition’s request to make it more widely available. The said body camera footage was submitted by Lane’s camp to request for the dismissal of his case and will be available on appointment-only viewing which Media attorney Leita Walker objects as it is a clear violation of the First Amendment and regulations that permits public access to court records.
Four ex-police officers faced criminal charges for the death of a Black man named George Floyd last May 25 that started the nationwide movement, Black Lives Matter. Floyd was handcuffed and repeatedly utter the words “I can’t breathe” while a white police officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds resulting in his death.
After being fired, Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Kueng, who were at the scene, are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.