All four Minneapolis police officers connected to the death of George Floyd appeared in court on Tuesday, where Judge Peter Cahill lifted a gag order that had previously prevented attorneys and parties in the upcoming trial from discussing the case publicly.
The order was put in place after an attorney for ex-Officer Thomas Lane requested the release of bodycam footage showing Floyd’s death while in custody of the Minneapolis PD, claiming that it would exonerate his client. It was lifted by Cahill in part because he wanted to give the officers a chance to respond to negative publicity.
Additionally, many media outlets had protested the order, and they’ve argued that the bodycam footage should be open to the public. Bystander video and a transcript of the footage have already been made available, but the actual bodycam videos have only been able to be viewed by appointment.
It is unclear when those videos could be released, because despite lifting the gag order, Cahill reminded both sides that they still need to follow the rules of disclosing information and not do anything to interfere with the fair and impartial administration of justice. Cahill said he had 90 days to make a decision on the video, but expects to make the call sooner than that.
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