Pandemic shapes trial of Minneapolis ex-cop in Floyd's death

Pandemic shapes trial of Minneapolis ex-cop in Floyd's death Photo: WDIO/MGN

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
Created: March 09, 2021 05:43 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The trial of a fired Minneapolis police officer in George Floyd's death is being conducted amid a pandemic, so the courtroom has been overhauled for safety.

The traditional jury box and gallery are gone, replaced with widely spaced seats and desks for a limited contingent of attorneys, jurors and media. Plexiglas barriers and hand sanitizer are everywhere, and the participants – even the judge – wear masks.

The coronavirus crisis has upended court systems across the country.

In Minnesota, in-person criminal jury trials have been mostly on hold since November. A handful of exceptions have been allowed, including for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer.

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