Trial of ex-Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death to start Monday

The jury has been selected in Derek Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd and opening statements from the prosecution are set to begin Monday morning.

News 12 Staff

Mar 28, 2021, 9:25 PM

Updated 1,176 days ago

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The jury has been selected in Derek Chauvin's trial for the death of George Floyd and opening statements from the prosecution are set to begin Monday morning.
The opening statements will be followed by witness testimony that could go on for weeks in the Minneapolis courtroom.
Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, has pleaded not guilty to the charges he faces of second-degree unintentional murder, second degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder in the death of Floyd.
Emotions outside the courtroom will be running high as there have already been multiple protests throughout the city.
"They've done so peacefully. And they've assembled and gathered peacefully. We'll continue to expect more demonstrations," says Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo
But the destruction that happened in May 2020 in the aftermath of Floyd's death is still fresh on the minds of city officials and it is why the building that houses the courtroom has virtually become a fortress.
"Residents should be expecting a gradual increase in law enforcement and National Guard presence as we progress through the trial," Frey says.
The first step in this trial was getting through jury selection, which lasted exactly two weeks. This resulted in 15 jurors, 14 of which will be used for trial.
Their identities will remain unknown for now.
Attorneys for the Floyd family are pleased the trial can now proceed and wrote, "This is not a hard case. George Floyd had more witnesses to his death than any other person ever."
And it will be witnesses who now come to the stand, called by both prosecutors for the state and defense attorneys for Derek Chauvin.
Among what is known that will be talked about is a portion of a 2019 Floyd arrest for which he was never charged but one where he ended up being sent to the hospital instead of jail, an interaction with police defense attorneys argued was similar to May 2020. A paramedic from that day in 2019 is also expected to testify.
The trial is expected to last up to four weeks all the while a city, a family and a movement watches anxiously over what criminal accountability looks like in the death of George Floyd.


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