Former Minneapolis Officers Charged with Violating George Floyd's civil Rights Want their Federal Cases Separated from Derek Chauvin

Former Minneapolis Officers Charged with Violating George Floyd's civil Rights Want their Federal Cases Separated from Derek Chauvin

Three former Minneapolis police officers charged with violating George Floyd's civil rights filed motions Tuesday to separate their federal cases from that of Derek Chauvin, who was convicted in April on state murder charges in Floyd's death.

Former officer Tou Thao's attorneys, Robert Paule and Natalie Paule, cited a number of reasons for the request, including that the jury will have "insurmountable difficulty distinguishing the alleged acts of each defendant from the alleged acts of his co-defendants."
"Evidence may be introduced by each defendant which would be inadmissible against other defendants in a separate trial to the prejudice of those defendants," was another reason cited by the attorneys. They wrote the former officer would be able to get a "fair and more impartial trial" if he is tried separately from his co-defendants.
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