Speaking to reporters later outside the court, Selwyn Jones, 54, Mr. Floyd’s uncle, said: “I know how the system works. I’ve seen the system my whole life — a black man getting shaded, slighted. When I walk into a courthouse and I see like 15 white people, I’m like, ‘Oh hell, we’re going through this again.’ So, we’ll see how the process ends up.”
He added: “I’m not mad at anyone. We just need to fix the system. Racism must go.”
On Friday, Judge Cahill had banned video and audio coverage of the proceedings, worried it could taint the pool of potential jurors. But at Monday’s hearing, he said the court was studying how to allow cameras to film the upcoming trial.
Lawyers for the officers had filed a motion asking the judge to allow video coverage, arguing that doing so would provide greater public access to the proceedings in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Several news organizations, including The New York Times, had also filed motions for video and audio access to the court.
The arguments over allowing cameras in the courtroom, even as the video of Mr. Floyd’s killing is in wide circulation, underscored what is likely to be one of the most vexing and contested issues as the case inches toward trial: how to seat an impartial jury.
But that remains far off. The judge set the next hearing in the case for Sept. 11, and a trial date of March 8. In the coming months, the court will decide whether to hold four separate trials, or if the four former officers will be tried together.
The demonstrations that followed Mr. Floyd’s killing spread to all 50 states and around the world. Outrage and anguish over another black man dying at the hands of the police quickly grew into a broad examination of racism in all its forms, inciting America’s most sustained period of civil unrest in decades.