Judge sets trial date of Mr Floyd’s killing... one ex-officer intends to plead not guilty

3 appeared at the Hennepin County court in Minnesota, while Derek Chauvin – who was captured on a footage kneeling on Mr Floyd’s neck – attended the hearing via video conference from Ramsey County Correctional Centre, where he is being penalized on a $1.25m bail.

The 4 Minneapolis Ex-police officers charged in the killing of George Floyd could face a jury trial in March, as a judge informed the men to avoid speaking publicly about the case during a hearing on Monday.

According to the Star Tribune, Judge Peter Cahill has set a tentative trial date for 8 March. The next hearing in the officers’s case is set for 11 September. But he informed them that making public remarks about the case, which is expected to draw notable media scrutiny in the coming weeks and months, could force the trial to move elsewhere.

Chauvin faces allegations of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter after he was filmed kneeling against Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as the 46-year-old called out “I can’t breathe” while on his stomach and with his hands cuffed behind him.

Other Ex-police officers – J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, none of whom stopped Mr Chauvin from performing the deadly manoeuvre – are charged with supporting and aiding Mr Floyd’s murder on 25 May.

Meanwhile, city law enforcement in Minneapolis are considering an amendment to the city’s charter to terminate the city’s police department and institute a Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention in the wake of Mr Floyd’s killing and widespread calls for reform.