Derek Chauvin trial begins March 8 for George Floyd’s murder

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged for the death of George Floyd, is scheduled to begin Monday, March 8 at 8 a.m. in Courtroom 1856 of the Hennepin County Government Center in Minneapolis.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, one of four officers who arrived on the scene in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25, 2020.

A video of the incident shows Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.

Chauvin is standing trial on charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd.

Former Minneapolis police officers Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane are each charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. All four officers were fired the day after Floyd’s death.

Judge Peter Cahill ruled last month to hold Chauvin’s trial separately from the other three former officers. He said given the “physical limitations” of the courtroom and coronavirus safety protocols, it was impossible to have four defendants together.

Thao, Kueng and Lane will be tried together on charges of aiding and abetting murder on August 23.

Video of Floyd’s final moments was widely shared on social media and sparked demonstrations around the world against police misconduct and anti-Black racism.

“The death of George Floyd was a watershed moment in our country,” commented Scott Tufts, Court TV Senior Vice President. “Given the cultural impact it had from the beginning, this trial is one that needs full transparency and we are pleased that Hennepin County court officials share that view.”

This will be the first time a trial in Minnesota has aired on television and Court TV will be covering the proceedings gavel-to-gavel.

The entire trial will be on live TV as well as available online at CourtTV.com, and the Court TV app for Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android and Apple devices.

Officers responded to a store in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020 where Floyd was and accused him of using counterfeit money. Chauvin is accused of kneeling on Floyd’s head and neck for more than eight minutes, resulting in his death. Floyd can be heard on cell phone video gasping for air and telling Chauvin and three other officers nearby that he couldn’t breathe.

The trial will begin with jury selection, which is scheduled for three weeks. During jury selection, until all the preliminary motions are heard by Judge Peter Cahill, court will start at 8 a.m. with a hearing on preliminary motions, before moving on to jury selection at 9 a.m.

The trial that begins on Monday is expected to last two to four weeks.

The Derek Chauvin trial will be live streamed, gavel to gavel, at https://www.courttv.com/news/how-to-watch-chauvin-death-of-george-floyd-murder-trial/


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