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The Law&Crime Network will provide live gavel to gavel coverage of the trial of Derek Chauvin, 44, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering local man George Floyd, 46. Our coverage with expert legal analysis begins this Monday, March 8, with jury selection. Opening statements are scheduled for Monday, March 29 regardless of when they settle on jurors. The trial is set for three weeks.
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Opinion: The missing element in the George Floyd murder trial
Mark Osler writes that the charges that the Derek Chauvin faces don't require proof of racial bias, so the trial, which will be televised, risks being about everything but what made the case the fulcrum of a worldwide discussion on race-- seemingly ignoring what is most important. An acquittal would be devastating to race relations, and a conviction would do little to heal longstanding harms. As always, big problems are not solved in a few weeks in a courtroom, but through decades of hard work to change hearts, minds and laws.
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Host Buck Buckmire, who is a criminal defense lawyer unaffiliated with the case, reporter Angenette Levy, and producer Cathy Russon will be on site.
, four Minneapolis police officers–Chauvin, Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane–arrested Floyd over an allegation of using a $20 counterfeit bill. Chauvin kneeled on his neck, as Thao stood between them and angry bystanders.
Minneapolis prepares for potential unrest ahead of trial in George Floyd killing
“We know that this trial is going to reignite the same kind of emotional and social response that we saw last summer,” one City Council member said.Cars parked in the middle of the street where residents stand watch over George Floyd’s memorial on the city's south side.
“You’re trapping his breathing right there, bro,” said one man. “You can get him off the ground.”
Officers dragged Floyd’s limp body onto a stretcher.
Prosecutors say the defendant kneeled on the man’s neck for seven minutes and 46 seconds. (The original criminal complaints said eight minutes and 46 seconds.)
According to documents, Floyd was handcuffed when officers tried to make him get into a patrol vehicle. He stiffened, fell to the ground, and told cops–Kueng and Lane–he was not resisting, but did not want to get inside. He was claustrophobic.
It was then that defendant Chauvin and Thao arrived. Officers tried to get Floyd into the vehicle, but the man said he could not breathe.
According to prosecutors, Chauvin pulled Floyd out of the squad car. Floyd went face down to the ground, still handcuffed while Kueng was on his back and Lane restrained his legs. From the amended complaint:
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The defendant placed his left knee in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck. Mr. Floyd said, “I can’t breathe”
multiple times and repeatedly said, “Mama” and “please,” as well. At one point, Mr. Floyd said “I’m about to
die.” The defendant and the other two officers stayed in their positions.
Lane asked if they should roll him onto his side.
“No,” said Chauvin. “Staying put where we got him.”
“I am worried about excited delirium or whatever,” said Lane.
“That’s why we have him on his stomach,” said Chauvin.
The medical examiner determined that Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest suffered while officers restrained him. He had arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, and there was fentanyl in his system, and evidence of recent methamphetamine use. From the complaint:
The ME opined that the effects of the officers’ restraint of Mr. Floyd, his underlying health conditions, and the presence of the drugs contributed to his death. The ME listed the cause of death as “[c]ardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression,” and concluded the manner of death was homicide.
Floyd’s death fueled the ongoing national debate over how law enforcement treats people of color, especially Black men..
Chauvin faces charges including second-degree murder. The other three former officers are set to be tried together for lesser charges in August.
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Publicity surrounding George Floyd case a challenge for jury selection .
Millions of people have watched the video of George Floyd's death. A dozen will decide the fate of the white policeman seen kneeling for nearly nine minutes on the neck of the 46-year-old Black man. Seating a 12-member jury for the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis police force, is particularly difficult because the case has received such widespread publicity. "The challenge is to find jurors who have not made up their mind, who have not prejudged the case," said David Schultz of the law school of Hamline University.