Opening statements and witness testimony begun in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter in the May 2020 death of George Floyd in police custody.
The jury selection took more than two weeks to complete. Fifteen jurors were selected, though one will likely be dismissed at the beginning of the proceedings, leaving 12 jurors and two alternates to hear the case. The nine women and six men range in age from 20s to 60s. Nine are White, four are Black and two identify as multiracial.
Floyd’s killing drew outrage and a worldwide reckoning on police reform and racial justice. The city of Minneapolis announced in the midst of jury selection that it would pay a $27 million settlement to Floyd’s family.
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