A local business group, the Greater Duluth Business Association, has launched a petition asking the City of Duluth to say “no” to the possibility of having the George Floyd Trial in Duluth
Their press release states:
“Recently, Fox 9 News out of the Twin Cities, reported that all four defense teams have filed a motion to move the George Floyd trial out of Hennepin County due to jury concerns. The attorney for Thao has recommended the trial should be held in St. Louis County. While the trial could financially recoup some lost income due to COVID-19 for the tourism industry with an influx of national media, it also brings the possibility of violent protests, as seen in Minneapolis this summer.”
The association created the petition to give the citizens of St. Louis County a voice on this critical decision. The group says:
“The Greater Duluth Business Association has created this petition to give the citizens of St. Louis County a voice on this critical decision, out of concern for the safety of our citizens, property owners, and the business community.
Other counties, like Clay County, have spoken out against the trial being moved to their community. The Greater Duluth Business Association feels business owners and citizens of Duluth should have the right to voice their opinion on this issue. The petition created by the Association is a plea to Mayor Emily Larson, Police Chief Mike Tusken, and the Duluth City Council to let George Floyd Trial Judge, Peter Cahill, know that having this trial in Duluth would put too much at risk.”
While there is still a chance the trial will happen in Hennepin County, having one of the attorneys mention St. Louis County as a potential venue is concerning.
You can sign the petition here: