Story at a glance
- Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with the death of George Floyd and awaits jury selection.
- An appeals court is deciding whether or not to reinstate the third-degree murder charge.
Nearing the one-year anniversary of the police-killing of George Floyd, whose death catalyzed the Black Lives Matter protests of summer 2020, the trial of the police officer who kneeled on his neck during the arrest is slowly taking shape.
Former officer Derek Chauvin, who was arrested on May 29, 2020, on second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges, faces a postponed trial after an appeals court ordered Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to reevaluate his previous decision from October to dismiss third-degree murder charges against Chauvin.
Chauvin entered a plea of not guilty.
Along with Chauvin, three other former officers who were involved in Floyd’s arrest, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao, were also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. They have entered not guilty pleas as well. Their trial is scheduled for this summer.
On Monday, jury selection for Chauvin’s forthcoming trial was scheduled to begin, an event that attracted mass crowds to the streets of Minneapolis.
Jury selection for the Chauvin trial starts today, and the community has gathered to demand justice at the barricades that've made our city a war zone, as we've been doing for too long. The City is prioritizing property, but we're focused on justice and keeping each other safe. pic.twitter.com/cF51x9AsVK— Aisha Chughtai for Ward 10 (@aishaforward10) March 8, 2021
The hearing was postponed to Tuesday while the court tries to figure out how it will conduct Chauvin’s trial along with the concurrent pending appeal, CNN reports.
Jury selection is anticipated to take about three weeks, with opening statements from the prosecution and defense slated for March 29.
Given the mass national attention surrounding this case, finding an impartial jury may prove difficult.