World George Floyd Trial Judge is Taking No Chances with Protest Masks, Clothes
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As we celebrate Black History Month, let's take a look back at how the tragic death of George Floyd spurred a movement.Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man living in Minnesota, died after former police officer Derek Chauvin held him down by the neck with his knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds when he was arrested for suspicion of forgery outside a deli. Former police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were also seen holding down Floyd, while former officer Tou Thao was spotted near the others in the video. Floyd heartbreakingly told officers that he couldn't breathe, and also called out for his mother in the final moments of his life.
A district court judge has ordered that spectators present at the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer charged with the May 25 murder of Black Minneapolis resident, must only wear face masks or clothing that doesn't contain any slogans, logos, images, letters or numbers.
The orders, signed on March 1 by District Court Judge Peter Cahill, areto maintain order during the contentious trial.
3rd-Degree Murder Charge in George Floyd's Death Under Review Days Before Jury Selection Begins
On Friday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals called for a judge to reconsider reinstating the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin, who is charged with Floyd's death while in police custody last May. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill dismissed the charge in 2020.On Friday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals called for a judge to reconsider reinstating the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill dismissed the charge, one of seven issued against Chauvin, in 2020.
Floyd's death at the hands of city police set off global racial justice protests against police brutality. The initial uprisings in Minneapolis lasted three days and resulted in a burned police precinct as well as over $350 million in damages citywide, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
Various protesters at the time wore face masks and clothing bearing slogans like "I can't breathe," some of Floyd's last words, or others such as "End police brutality" or "."
Cahill's order further states that police officers from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office will keep unauthorized people from accessing the floor where the trial will be held. Only two media members total will be allowed in the courtroom at a time.
Death of George Floyd: opening of an extraordinary trial this Monday in the United States
© REUTERS - NICK PFOSI Demonstration in front of the residence of the governor of Minnesota two days before the start of the jury selection for the trial of the former policeman Derek Chauvin, accused of having killed George Floyd, in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 6, 2021. In the United States, an extraordinary trial opens this Monday, March 8. According to the prosecution it is even "one of the most important in American history". On the dock: Derek Chauvin.
Additionally, only one member of Chauvin's family and one member of Floyd's family will be able to attend the trial at any given time. They won't be allowed to use electronic devices, such as smartphones, anywhere on the building floor where the courtroom is located. All other spectators will have to sit six feet apart from one another to prevent potential COVID-19 transmission.
Minneapolis and state police are expecting protests during the trial. Minnesota State Patrol Colonel Matt Langer has said that he will summon troopers from around the state during the trial and verdict, according to Minnesota Public Radio News.
Earlier this year, Minnesota House's Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee approved a $35 million fund for reimbursing law enforcement agencies that protect the city during the trial. However, somejust to protect Minneapolis.
The trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with George Floyd’s death, has been delayed
The prosecution has asked to reinstate a third-degree murder charge.The third-degree murder charge, under Minnesota law, means the perpetrator acted in a way that was reckless at the risk of causing death and carries a sentence of no more than 25 years. Prosecutors are arguing for the charge because it is easier to prove than a second-degree unintentional felony murder. The pending charge would also provide options for jurors about how to convict, since police killings have historically gone unpunished.
Near the beginning of February, several law enforcement groups warned that police agenciesbecause of concerns of "the continued demonization of law enforcement officers by certain public officials at various levels of government."
Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Video footage captured himas Floyd begged for his life. Chauvin's trial is scheduled to start next Monday, with jury selection and opening arguments beginning March 29.
The other three former police officers involved in Floyd's death—Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao—have been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and manslaughter. Their trial is scheduled to start at the end of August.
On Friday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals asked Cahill towhich Cahill dismissed in 2020.
Newsweek contacted attorneys for Chauvin and Floyd's family for comment.
First Potential George Floyd Juror Dismissed After Calling His Death 'Not Fair'
The juror, a mother of three from Mexico, said she saw video footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck last summer, and couldn't understand why the officer didn't get up when Floyd said he couldn't breathe.The juror, a mother of three from Mexico, said she saw video footage of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck last summer, and couldn't understand why the officer didn't get up when Floyd said he couldn't breathe.
Minneapolis reaches $27 mn settlement with Floyd family .
The family of George Floyd, the Black man who died while being arrested by a white police officer in Minneapolis, has reached a $27 million "wrongful death" settlement with the Minnesota city, lawyers for the family announced Friday. "The $27 million settlement is the largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in US history," the lawyers said in a statement. Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, is currently on trial facing murder and manslaughter charges for his role in Floyd's death, which was captured on video by bystanders and sparked protests against racial injustice around the globe.