Jury selection begins in federal trial over Floyd’s killing

PHOTO: Mugshots of Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng all involved in George Floyd’s death, Photo Date: 6/3/20

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the federal trial for three former Minneapolis police officers who were with Derek Chauvin when he pinned George Floyd to the street.

J. Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao are charged with depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights while acting under government authority.

U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson is questioning potential jurors who have already answered an extensive questionnaire. He’s dismissed several people who said they couldn’t be impartial.

Legal experts say the federal case will be more complicated than a pending state case against the officers, because prosecutors will have the difficult task of proving the men willfully did not take action.

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