Ex agenti di polizia di Minneapolis accusati di morte di George Floyd chiedono un processo federale separato da Derek Chauvin

Avvocati di J. Kueng e Tou Thao hanno dichiarato martedì in atti giudiziari che i loro clienti sarebbero stati ingiustamente pregiudicati se fossero andati a processo insieme a Chauvin. An attorney for Thomas Lane filed a motion asking to join in his co-defendants’ richiesta.

Keung’s attorney, Tom Plunkett, said evidence against Chauvin would confuse the jury and deprive Kueng of his right to a fair trial. He also said there is a conflict of interest due to Chauvin’s level of culpability in Floyd’s death, detto “the jurors will not be able to follow the Court’s instructions and compartmentalize the evidence as it related to Mr. Kueng.

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A federal grand jury indicted Chauvin, Kueng, Thao and Lane in May, alleging they violated Floyd’s rights while acting under government authority as Floyd was restrained face-down, handcuffed and not resisting.

The four officers were also charged in state court, where Chauvin’s trial was eventually separated from the others due to space restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chauvin was convicted of murder and manslaughter and was sentenced to 22 1/2 anni di prigione. The other three former officers face state trial next March on aiding and abetting counts.

Floyd, 46, repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe as Chauvin pinned him to the ground on May 25, 2020. Kueng and Lane helped restrain Floyd; Kueng knelt on Floyd’s back, and Lane held Floyd’s legs. Thao held back bystanders and kept them from intervening during the 9 1/2-minute restraint that was captured on bystander video and led to worldwide protests and calls for change in policing.

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, giugno 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao.

This combination of photos provided by the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office in Minnesota on Wednesday, giugno 3, 2020, shows from left, former Minneapolis police officers Derek Chauvin, J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao. ((Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office via AP File))

The federal indictment alleges Chauvin violated Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure and from unreasonable force by a police officer. Thao and Kueng are charged with violating Floyd’s right to be free from unreasonable seizure by not intervening to stop Chauvin as he knelt on Floyd’s neck. All four officers are charged for their failure to provide Floyd with medical care.

The requests to separate the trials were filed with several other routine requests on Tuesday.

Bob Paule, an attorney for Thao, suggested in his filing that he wants Thao to be tried apart from all of his co-defendants, including Chauvin. While his filing mentions only Chauvin by name, dice: “The jury will have insurmountable difficulty distinguishing the alleged acts of each defendant from the alleged acts of his co-defendants.

Paule said Thao’s Fifth Amendment right to not incriminate himself would be in jeopardy if the trials were held together.

“Sig. Thao will obtain a fair and more impartial trial he is tried separately from his co-defendants,” Paule wrote.

The officers are scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 14. A trial date has not been set.

Chauvin is also charged in a separate federal indictment alleging he violated the civil rights of a 14-year-old boy in 2017.

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