City of Minneapolis Abandons Plan to Hire Social Media Influencers Ahead of George Floyd Death Trials

“At this point, we will not move forward with this strategy,” said David Rubedor, director of the City of Minneapolis Department of Community and Neighborhood Relations. “While I believe and support the intent of this recommendation, we have seen that the impact has caused harm in our communities. And for that, I am sorry.”

City coordinator Mark Ruff added: “When we make a mistake, we acknowledge it and do it better.”

The Minneapolis City Council voted 13-0 on Friday to authorize the contracts.

Chauvin’s trial begins Monday with jury selection. He is currently charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. The other former officers in this case, J Alexander Kueng, Tou Thao and Thomas Lane, are all charged with aiding and abetting second degree murder and aiding and inciting second degree murder.

Kueng, Tou, and Lane will be tried together in August.

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