Prosecutors seek privacy order to keep details of George Floyd’s 2019 arrest from public view

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Prosecutors in the death of George Floyd have asked the court to take the extraordinary step of withholding all case filings from public view for at least two days, including the most recent defense filing that detailed his 2019 arrest.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill scheduled a hearing at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to hear arguments about the prosecution’s request. A media coalition, including the Star Tribune, opposes the motion. Multiple legal analysts described both motions as general pretrial jockeying, but said the prosecution’s request to seal documents interferes with the public’s right to access court proceedings.

At issue was a motion filed Monday by Earl Gray on behalf of his client, former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who held down Floyd’s legs when he was arrested May 25 and died in police custody. Gray wants to include video from an incident on May 6, 2019, when Floyd was a passenger in a vehicle that had been stopped by the Minneapolis police.

According to Gray’s memo, three police officers were working to get Floyd to respond to commands to show his hands, stop moving around and spit out something he had put in his mouth. Floyd cried out for …

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