/ 10 March 2021

Jury selection starts in George Floyd murder case

This is for Derek Chauvin‘s trial – the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd – despite the possibility of an additional charge delaying the case. Chauvin was charged on 25 May last year with second-degree murder and manslaughter after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes as the 46yo black man said more than 20 times that he could not breathe. The decision to start without the pending charge being resolved has drawn an appeal from prosecutors and questions from legal experts. It was already a tricky case with those up for jury duty asked a series of questions, including the daunting “tell us everything you have heard about the death of Mr Floyd.” Floyd’s family and Black Lives Matters activists are expected to maintain a strong presence throughout the trial.

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