Jurors Who Convicted Derek Chauvin to Be Revealed After Judge Deems Protection Unnecessary

The names of the jurors who convicted Derek Chauvin—the former Minneapolis police officer who was convicted for the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died last year after Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes—will be made public, a judge ruled on Monday.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill on Monday signed an order requiring the release of the names of the 14 jurors and two alternative jurors in the trial by November 1. The questionnaires submitted by the 109 people considered for the jury and the jury's verdict form will also be made public the same day, according to the order.

Cahill wrote in an opinion accompanying the order that he does not believe the jurors continue to need protection for their safety because the trial ended months ago.

"There simply is no objective evidence from which this court can conclude there is any present strong reason to believe that making the Chauvin jurors' names and juror questionnaires public information at this time, six months after the jury returned its verdicts, presents any external threats to the jurors' safety," he wrote.

Three days after Chauvin's trial, Cahill ordered the names of the jurors to be sealed, pointing to harassment of other participants in the trial, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported.

He wrote in the opinion that to say the jurors served their community under difficult circumstances is an "understatement."

"This court, this community, and this State owe an extraordinary debt of gratitude to the members of the Chauvin jury for their dedicated service in this case in the first televised criminal trial in Minnesota history under the immense glare of publicity and the unquenchable public interest," Cahill wrote.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison wrote in a statement to the Star Tribune that he appreciates the "careful steps the court has taken up to this point to protect their anonymity."

"In its order today, the court has stuck to its reasonable, original plan of waiting 180 days from the end of the trial before releasing jurors' identities, as the state asked," he wrote, according to the Star Tribune.

The order came after several local and national news organizations filed a motion in August asking him to unseal the names, the Star Tribune reported.

The jury found Chauvin guilty of charges including murder and manslaughter in April. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison in June. He intends to appeal his sentence on 14 grounds, claiming that Cahill made errors at key points in the trial.

Floyd's death sparked nationwide protests last summer calling for police reform, and Chauvin's trial received international attention.

George Floyd Mural
The names of the jurors in the trial of Derek Chauvin—who was convicted on murder charges for the death of George Floyd, a mural of whom is pictured above in Houston—will be released. Joe Raedle/Getty Images