A Hennepin County judge on Friday rejected an unusual request to allow cameras in the courtroom filed by attorneys representing four former Minneapolis officers charged in the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd.
The Hennepin County Attorney's Office deferred comment to Attorney General Keith Ellison's office, which is leading the prosecution.
Ellison said he supports a public trial, but warned that cameras would cause more problems in the Floyd case.
"Cameras in the courtroom could subject the participants in the trial to heightened media scrutiny and thereby be distracting to conducting the trial.".
Several media outlets, including the Star Tribune, local television stations and national outlets such as the New York Times and Court TV, have filed requests with the court to record the pretrial proceedings.
The four are due in court Monday for their second appearance on charges ranging from second-degree murder to aiding and abetting murder.
The trial schedule could be made official at a Monday court hearing in Hennepin County, though trial schedules often get delayed. »