Questions for potential jurors in the trial of four police officers involved in the arrest and death of George Floyd were made available in a court filing Tuesday. These questions are designed to help attorneys narrow down who will be on the jury for this historic trial in March. While some questions are the usual types asked of jurors, others are unique to this case.
With massive publicity and intensity of opinions surrounding this case, the challenge to find impartial jurors will be immense. (Read further and watch the video below to see if you think these questions will help achieve this.)
Officer Derek Chauvin is charged with 2nd Degree Murder and Manslaughter. Chauvin was the one with his knee on Floyd. Officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng face charges of aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter.
KSTP news in Minneapolis reports on the potential juror questions:
The questionnaire asks jurors how favorably or unfavorably they see both Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter.
The jurors are also asked whether they or someone they’re close to participated in any demonstrations or marches against police brutality that followed George Floyd’s death. There is a question about whether they or someone they know was injured or suffered property damage during the unrest.
In addition, it asks whether they believe Minneapolis Police officers are more likely to respond with force when confronting black suspects than white suspects. There is also a question about whether it’s right to second guess decisions made by law enforcement while on duty, given the dangerous nature of the job.
WATCH this 4-minute video for more details:
What are your thoughts on these questions for potential jurors in the George Floyd trial? Do you think some will lie in order to get on the jury? Will any jurors be able to put the mainstream media version of this event aside and follow jury instructions honestly?
The Minnesota National Guard will be on standby during the trial. The rest of Minnesota will be on edge...