MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Authorities tightened security around the Hennepin County Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis Friday morning ahead of protests during the pre-trial hearing for the four former police officers charged in the death of George Floyd. Watch live video from outside the courthouse at fox9.com/live.
Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng will appear in Hennepin County District Court at 9 a.m. for a motion hearing in the case. The hearing will give the state and defense attorneys a chance to present oral arguments to Judge Peter Cahill about motions they have filed in the case, including the state's motion to join all four cases into one trial and the defense teams' motion to change the venue of the trial. MORE: Agenda, expectations at pre-trial hearing
Businesses near the Hennepin County Family Justice Center boarded up ahead of Friday's motions hearing for the four former police officers charged in George Floyd's death. (FOX 9)
Thursday night, authorities closed part of 4th Street in front of the Family Justice Center to traffic. Security fences were put up in front of the courthouse entrance and nearby businesses boarded up their windows. Parking ramps in the area are also closed.
Authorities tightened security and blocked off roads near the Hennepin County Family Justice Center Thursday night ahead of Friday's hearing in the George Floyd murder case. (FOX 9)
The Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar has been calling for a loud and visible presence outside the courthouse before, during and after the hearing.
Tightened security outside the Hennepin County Family Justice ahead of a motions hearing for the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd. (FOX 9)
The Downtown Council sent a letter to businesses warning them of the planned protests as well as additional unrest that could occur following the results of the hearing.
Protesters gather outside the Hennepin County Family Justice Center ahead of the pre-trial hearing for the officers charged in George Floyd's death. (FOX 9)
As of 8 a.m., protesters were already gathering outside the Family Justice Center ahead of the hearing.