Below are frequently asked questions and resources related to the State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao.
**Update: On June 21, Judge Peter Cahill set a new date for the trial to begin. It is now set for October 24. **
October 24, 2022: Opening motions for the State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao trial
Web and phone resources
Minnesota Judicial Branch website: State of Minnesota vs. J. Alexander Kueng
Minnesota Judicial Branch website: State of Minnesota vs. Tou Thao
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Frequently Asked Questions
When will the trial take place?
The trial start date has been moved to October 24, 2022. On June 21, Judge Peter Cahill set a new date for the trial and selected October 24.
How long will the trial last?
We do not know exactly how long the trial will last. Experts anticipate the trial could last as long as five weeks.
Who are the defendants?
The defendants are former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, who are standing trial for aiding and abetting second-degree unintentional murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. A third officer, Thomas Lane, entered a guilty plea in May to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Where will the trial take place?
The trial is scheduled to take place at the Hennepin County Government Center. The Hennepin County Courthouse is in downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to Minneapolis City Hall and near the Federal Courthouse.
Will there be any restrictions to the public’s access to public spaces and counters in the government center?
During the trial, the Government Center will be open to the public for all currently available in-person Hennepin County services.
Will streets be blocked during the trial?
We are not aware of any street closures around the Government Center building at this time.
Will there be protests?
Protests may occur during the trial.
Will the trial be livestreamed?
No, the trial will not be televised or livestreamed.
Will Minneapolis businesses be open or closed during the trial?
Yes, Minneapolis businesses will be open.
Is there a number to contact if bad behaviors are observed?
The best options for reaching out is the DID hotline (612-332-1111). Unless it includes illegal activity, then call 9-1-1.
How much notice will be given if transit shuts down?
Follow Metro Transit on social media (@metrotransitmn) for the most up-to-date transit information. You can also sign up for rider alerts at www.metrotransit.org/rider-alerts or call 612-373-3333 for updates.