George Floyd‘s murder trial is set to begin next month — pandemic be damned — and the courtroom’s setup shows extensive coronavirus precautions are being made.
Here’s the first look at the 18th-floor courtroom at the Hennepin County Government Center, where on March 8 … former Minneapolis PD officer Derek Chauvin will stand trial for Floyd’s murder.
The room’s been set up for COVID-19 safety, with what looks like socially distanced seating for the jury, plexiglass dividers for the attorneys, judge and those who take the witness stand … and hand sanitizer everywhere.
As we’ve reported … Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter for his role in Floyd’s death. He’s seen in the horrific arrest video with his knee pressed on Floyd’s neck for roughly 8 minutes, including nearly 2 minutes after he stopped breathing.
Prosecutors had requested to move the trial back to June because of the COVID-19 vaccines, but the judge denied it … and it certainly looks like things are gearing up to go down as planned.