(WatchDogReport.org) – In May, George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, MN, set off violent riots around the country and demands for police reform. He died after a confrontation with police officers that was caught on tape. Soon, the officers who were charged in his death will go to trial and the judge wants to make a spectacle of it.
On December 18, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill ruled to allow the trial of the four ex-police officers to be livestreamed. He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason. The judge said there won’t be as much space for people who wish to cover the trial because of the “unique and unprecedented situation” created by the virus.
— New York Post (@nypost) December 20, 2020
It’s not unusual for trials to be televised. The OJ Simpson case is one of the most famous examples. With the public interest in the case, it might be the best way to ensure the public sees the actual evidence, not the partisan spin. Hopefully, that would prevent any more riots from happening in the aftermath. Either way, tensions will definitely be high.
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