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World As the George Floyd Murder Trial Begins, Here's What You Need to Know

20:11  07 march  2021
20:11  07 march  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

George Floyd or Derek Chauvin Trial? Here's What Activists Want it to Be Called

  George Floyd or Derek Chauvin Trial? Here's What Activists Want it to Be Called "The man whose breath was squeezed out of his body is not on trial," tweeted Michele Norris, the founder of The Race Card Project.Floyd's name became a rallying cry for protesters against police brutality and racial injustice after his death in May 2020. Chauvin, who is white, was filmed kneeling on the Black man's neck for more than eight minutes as he gasped that he couldn't breathe.

The highly anticipated trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in the death of George Floyd, is scheduled to begin with jury selection on Monday.

a man standing in front of a building: Kendra Waldeyer, 36, holds a placard with the image of George Floyd outside of Minnesota Governor's residence during the protest © Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images Kendra Waldeyer, 36, holds a placard with the image of George Floyd outside of Minnesota Governor's residence during the protest "Families Supporting Families Joins Mass Action 4 George Floyd Justice 4 All Nationwide Protest" in St.Paul, Minnesota, on March 6, 2021.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, died on May 25 last year after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes while he cried "I can't breathe" multiple times. Chauvin and other officers were arresting Floyd for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a corner store.

First Potential George Floyd Juror Dismissed After Calling His Death 'Not Fair'

  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.

Widely circulated cellphone footage of the encounter sparked protests against police brutality and racial injustice in Minneapolis that quickly spread across the U.S. and beyond.

Floyd's killing became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement, fueling a summer of protests and sparking a national reckoning on race and policing.

Chauvin, 44, and three other officers involved in Floyd's death were fired, and later arrested.

Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. Earlier this year, Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill ruled that Chauvin will be tried alone due to capacity issues.

The other three former 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.

George Floyd Trial Judge is Taking No Chances with Protest Masks, Clothes

  George Floyd Trial Judge is Taking No Chances with Protest Masks, Clothes The judge's orders are just a few of numerous court rules he has required to maintain order during the contentious trial. 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 "Black Lives Matter.

Cameras rolling

Cahill has allowed news cameras into Chauvin's trial, a rare sight in a Minneapolis courtroom, citing coronavirus restrictions that limit the number of people in the courtroom.

Viewers will be able to watch the proceedings on Court TV, which will stream the trial on its website as well as on cable television. The network can also be accessed free on streaming devices from Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Vizio smart TVs.

Court TV announced earlier this month that it "will be the only network with our own cameras in the courtroom and will provide live, gavel-to-gavel coverage" from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

That coverage will begin with the jury selection process starting Monday, and opening arguments are expected to begin no earlier than March 29.

But a possible delay could arise after the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Friday said Cahill should reconsider reinstating a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin.

Minneapolis reaches $27 mn settlement with Floyd family

  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.

The three-judge panel's ruling called for Cahill to follow the precedent set by the state's appeals court last month, when it affirmed the third-degree murder conviction in the case against former officer Mohamed Noor for his role in the 2017 fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.

Also last week, the House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and "qualified immunity" for police. It would also create national standards for policing.

"On behalf of George Floyd's family, we are deeply gratified and grateful for US House leadership," Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing the Floyd family, said on Twitter after the bill passed the House. "This represents a major step forward to reform the relationship between police officers and communities of color."

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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.

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