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Derek Chauvin and three other Minneapolis ex-cops to be tried together in George Floyd death case that sparked unrest

DEREK Chauvin and three other Minneapolis ex-cops are set to be tried together in George Floyd's death case that sparked nationwide unrest.

Civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and co-counsel Antonio Romanucci confirmed this week that the the four former officers will be tried together in March.

The former officers will be tried in the aftermath of George Floyd's May 25 death.

Chauvin knelt on Floyd neck for more than eight minutes, in an incident that was captured on video.

The officer is being tried along with Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao- all formerly employed by the Minneapolis Police Department.

A statement, which was released on Thursday, revealed all four officers "would be tried in a single proceeding" and that a request to change the trial venue was denied by the judge.

Romanucci and Blandin's statement read: "We applaud Judge Cahill’s decision today to keep the trial of the officers involved in George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and to try all of the former officers together.

"Trying these officers together will give the jury a complete picture of what happened on the day that George was murdered.

"Each of these men played a role that ultimately led to his death- whether it was a knee to the neck or denying any intervention as George and onlookers begged for his life."

They praised "the judge’s decision to keep the trial in Minneapolis is the right one" because the ex-cops should "rightly face a jury of their peers in the city where this tragedy took place.”

During Floyd's May 25 arrest, Chauvin was seen kneeling on the 46-year-old's neck and back for eight minutes.

Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest as he was restrained by the Chauvin, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner's office. 

Judge Cahill revealed last month that the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin had been dropped.

However, the ex-cop is still facing other charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter.

The judge also said the aiding and abetting charges against Thao, Kueng and Lane, will remain.

The court date for the four cops is set for March 8.

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