The three former Minneapolis police officers facing charges over George Floyd’s death want to grill potential jurors about how many times they watched the video of Floyd’s fatal arrest and their opinions on law enforcement.
According to court documents obtained by Radar, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng, and Tou Thao, have submitted a list of questions they plan to ask potential jurors at their upcoming criminal trial.
Lane, Kueng, and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Earlier this year, Chauvin was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder.
The answers they receive from their questionnaire will help them try to find individuals who might be sympathetic to them during deliberations. The first question they plan to ask is what exactly the person knows about George Floyd and the May 25, 2020 incident where he died while in police custody.
They want to know if they have any opinion on the defendants or have any impression of Floyd. They also will ask if the potential jury member watched any videos of Floyd’s death on the news.
The defendants also want answers on whether the person ever participated in protests that took place in Minnesota following the Floyd incident. If so, they want to know if they carried a sign during the event.
“Did you or someone you know get injured or suffer any property damage during the protests that took place after George Floyd’s death?” reads another question on the list. Their lawyer also wants to grill potential jurors on their opinions on police or if they have any close contacts working as an officer.
“Have you, or someone close to you, ever helped support or advocated in favor of or against police reform, defunding, or abolition?”
The attorney plans to also bring up questions about whether a person ever had a bad experience with a police officer or had been restrained or placed in a chokehold.
The potential jurors will have to choose a number between 1-4 to answer whether they trust police or if they believe cops have a racial basis against ethnic minorities.
The filing also notes the trial is expected to run from March until early April and the jury may be sequestered the entire month.
The trial is expected to start in March.