Minneapolis - The jury begins Monday's selection of a former Minneapolis police officer accused of manslaughter and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd. Derek Chauvin's trial, which is expected to last a few weeks, will be overseen by an experienced judge and defended by expert lawyers on both sides. It will be broadcast online for the whole world to watch as the COVID-19 pandemic has limited the number of people who can attend.
Floyd died on May 25 after Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd's neck while Floyd was handcuffed and begged that he could not breathe. Among the main characters and elements of the trial:
The Chauvin trial, one of the most prominent criminal cases in Minnesota history, is taking place during a global pandemic that has had a major impact. Precautions to protect against the spread of COVID-19 have limited space in the courtroom, prompting a judge to try Chauvin before three other dismissed officers accused of complicity.
And because the pandemic has eliminated the ability to sit in public, the judge is allowing the trial to be broadcast and broadcast live - which is rare in a situation that does not routinely allow cameras in court.
8 March 2021