All four former Minneapolis officers charged in connection with the death of George Floyd in May appeared in the Hennepin County Courthouse as a judge ruled on whether or not the men would be tried as a group or have separate proceedings.
According to CBS News, it was the first time that ex-officer Derek Chauvin appeared in court in person. Until now, he has appeared remotely from Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights. The other three former officers—Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao—have been freed on bail and have been able to make appearances as necessary in person.
Lawyers for the former officers accused of killing Floyd want the trial moved out of Minneapolis because of the protests and media coverage in the area following the incident.
The judge presiding over the case has three months to rule on the change of venue motion.