Officials in Minneapolis and elsewhere have been quick to comply with the protesters’ demands, proposing to transfer funds from police departments to other social programs, institute reforms such as banning stranglings, and hold officers in court accountable for use. illegal force. In Minneapolis, the majority of the City Council has promised to dismantle the police department and reimagine how to manage public safety.
On Sunday, Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced what they described as the first in a series of police reforms: banning officers involved in incidents from reviewing body camera images before completing an initial report.
“Requiring suspected suspects to complete a police report before reviewing body camera images will help ensure investigators, attorneys, and jurors receive a transparent account of how an officer remembers the incident, one that has not been influenced by other evidence. ” officials said in a statement.
At the pre-trial hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon at a downtown jail-court complex in Minneapolis, the four defendants in the Floyd case are expected to participate in person or by video from jail. In the audience, a variety of topics are likely to be debated; They could include bail adjustments, arguments about a gag order that limits trial participants to speak to the media, and a trial schedule. The defendants are not likely to make statements on Monday.
Derek Chauvin, 44, a 19-year veteran whose knee restrained Mr. Floyd to the last breath, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter and is being held on bail of at least $ 1 million. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Three other officers are accused of aiding and abetting the death. Two of them, both NCOs, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng, are out on bail. Another officer, Tou Thao, remains in custody, his lawyer said.
For now, the cases of the four former officers are being handled together. But they could finally be divided and tested separately. Mr. Lane’s and Mr. Kueng’s lawyers have already tried to blame Mr. Chauvin. In a previous hearing, Mr. Plunkett pointed to Mr. Chauvin’s guilt, saying: “On multiple occasions, Mr. Kueng and Mr. Lane turned their attention to that 19-year veteran and said, ‘You should not do this. Mr. Thao had met with prosecutors prior to Mr. Chauvin’s arrest.
Taken together, the actions of the three officers indicate that the so-called blue wall of silence, officers who stick together in the same story and don’t speak to each other, has already collapsed.