George Floyd murder & trial in Minneapolis (consolidated thread)

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    Officer’s trial could reopen intersection where Floyd died

    During a group’s recent meeting at the now-vacant Speedway gas station near where George Floyd died, children roasted marshmallows on a fire pit while adults discussed topics ranging from activism to snow removal. “Black joy is a form of protest,” said Marcia Howard, one of the group’s organizers, referencing plans for celebrating Arctic explorer Matthew Henson as part of Black History Month. But the agenda on this chilly Thursday morning in February quickly segued to more immediate concerns: Who would pick up skis and broomball sticks for an event being planned at a nearby park? And what’s to be done ...


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    Protestors rally in Minnesota before ex-officer put on trial in George Floyd’s death

    People have taken to the streets Sunday afternoon to demand accountability for police officers, days before a former Minneapolis officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd. Similar protests were held this weekend in cities around the country in advance of the trial of Derek Chauvin. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while Floyd was held face-down on the ground in handcuffs, saying he couldn’t breathe. Body-camera video timestamps provided by prosecutors show Chauvin held his position for about nine minutes, even after ...


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    Jury selection on pause for ex-cop charged in Floyd’s death

    The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer accused in the death of George Floyd on Monday paused jury selection for at least a day while an appeal proceeds over the possible reinstatement of a third-degree murder charge. As hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse to call for the conviction of Derek Chauvin, Judge Peter Cahill said he does not have jurisdiction to rule on whether the third-degree murder charge should be reinstated against the former officer while the issue is being appealed. But he said prosecutors’ arguments that the whole case would be impacted was ...


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    Trial of Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd's death, begins with jury selection

    The trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, is forging ahead with jury selection, even though a looming appellate ruling could halt the case and delay it for weeks or even months as the state tries to add a third-degree murder count. Prosecutors are asking the Court of Appeals to put Chauvin's trial on hold until the issue of adding the third-degree murder count is resolved. The appeals court did not immediately rule on that request, and Judge Peter Cahill said Monday that he intends to keep the trial on track ...


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    Chauvin trial: three jurors selected as decision on third-degree murder charge looms


    In the Pioneer Press, Katrina Pross writes: “Jury selection for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murder for the on-duty death of George Floyd, started Tuesday with three jurors selected and six dismissed. Still at issue is a ruling last week from the Minnesota Court of Appeals that Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the trial, was wrong in denying the prosecution’s request to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin. Because Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson said he intended to petition the Minnesota Supreme Court to review the decision, prosecutors have argued that jury selection could not begin if all the charges against Chauvin are not established. Prosecutors filed a motion Monday with the state Court of Appeals to stop the trial until the matter regarding the third-degree murder charge is resolved.”

    Writes Washington Post critic-at-large Robin Givhan: “Chauvin is entitled to a jury of his peers, but it may well be that he has none, not because he is a rarefied creature, but because for so many people law enforcement was never viewed as a corps of fallible humans and community servants and courageous protectors. They’ve always been warriors, overseers and members of a closed-door club from which he has been banished.…The ultimate question, of course, is a matter of Chauvin being guilty or not guilty. But before that’s even considered, the lawyers must assemble a jury filled with people who can view Chauvin simply as a flawed man. People who recognize that a uniform isn’t a cloak of immunity or a sign of greatness. It isn’t always a mark of shame. It shouldn’t make Chauvin peerless. More than anything, it should make him accountable.”

    At WCCO-TV Reg Chapman says, “After the incident that claimed George Floyd’s life, 38th and Chicago have become known, across the globe, as a place of healing. Peace and respect are usually requirements to enter, but something has changed lately. ‘People don’t feel safe, they are selling their homes, they hear gunshots and they know the police are not coming into the neighborhood,’ said Sam Willis Jr. Willis, owner of Just Turkey, and Willie Frazier, owner of Finish Touch Boutique, both own businesses within feet of where Floyd took his last breath. The owners believe their stores are suffering from a lack of customers because of the recent violence.”​


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    Derek Chauvin trial live: Jury selection set to continue after three jurors chosen so far

    Jury selection continued Wednesday in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in a case that rocked the country and spurred worldwide protests after George Floyd's death. The court continued hearing from more potential jurors, questioning them about their knowledge of the case, the protests and Floyd's death and asking whether they could set aside any existing opinions to serve impartially. The proceedings were partially disrupted after the Minnesota Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Chauvin, which could result in him facing an additional murder charge in Floyd's death. Thus far, five jurors have been chosen: four men, ...


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    Minneapolis agrees to pay $27M to settle Floyd family lawsuit

    The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, even as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial. The Minneapolis City Council emerged from closed session to announce the record settlement, which includes $500,000 for the neighborhood where Floyd was arrested. Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called a news conference for 1 p.m. that was to include family members. Crump, in a prepared statement, said it was the largest pretrial civil rights settlement ever, and “sends a powerful message ...


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    Diverse jury so far for ex-cop’s trial in Floyd’s death

    The jurors seated so far in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death are a diverse group, an element being closely scrutinized in a case where race plays such a central role. Nine jurors have been seated through Monday, including five who are white; one who is multiracial; two who are Black and one who is Hispanic. Some news organizations reported the racial makeup of the jury mainly by appearances last week before Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, mindful of strong public interest in the case, began releasing each juror’s race after they were ...


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    State vs. Chauvin trial Day Seven: Jury selection continues, 9 jurors selected so far

    4:20 p.m. The judge has released Juror No. 73. According to Minnesota law, it is ground to excuse for cause if the potential juror would credit the testimony of a police officer more than a civilian. The judge cited this reason for cause. The court will reconvene Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The Zoom call with seven of the selected jurors will take place at 8:45 a.m. There were zero new jurors selected on Tuesday. 3:30 p.m. Juror No. 73 says he has heard of the Floyd settlement when asked if he had heard anything regarding the case. He called ...


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    Live: Jury selection resumes in Derek Chauvin trial, judge still considering request for delay
    • 7 seated jurors will be questioned Wednesday morning via Zoom on exposure to story about $27 million settlement between city, Floyd family
    • Judge takes request for 'continuance' under advisement amid concern that news of civil settlement could taint jury pool
    • No new jurors seated on Tuesday
    • Nine jurors have been seated, five additional jurors still need to be seated
    • Five are white, four are people of color; three are women
    • Judge to rule Thursday morning on whether to allow evidence of Floyd's 2019 arrest
    Judge Peter Cahill could provide rulings Wednesday morning in regard to delaying the trial of Derek Chauvin or moving the trial out of Hennepin County following last week's civil settlement announcement. On March 12, the Minneapolis City Council publicly approved the largest police settlement in Minneapolis history, paying $27 million to the family of George Floyd. On Monday Chauvin's defense attorney told Judge Peter Cahill he is "gravely concerned" about the potential of that news to prejudice the jurors already seated, and the ones still needed for the trial. The judge did deny the defense's requests for more juror strikes ...


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    $27 million Floyd family payout looms over Derek Chauvin trial Tuesday

    The judge presiding over the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin said Tuesday he is weighing whether to delay or move the murder trial in the wake of the city of Minneapolis announcing in the midst of jury selection that it pay George Floyd's family $27 million to settle a lawsuit. The payout being made to settle the federal lawsuit brought against the city was announced last week as jurors were being questioned about whether they could impartially judge the evidence in the trial of Chauvin, who is charged with causing the death of Floyd last May after ...


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    Derek Chauvin trial day 7: Jury selection goes on, defense’s request to delay looms

    As jury selection for the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd continued Tuesday, the defense’s request to delay or move the trial remained unresolved. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the trial, has said he will consider the request in light of the announcement last Friday that the city of Minneapolis agreed to pay Floyd’s family $27 million to resolve a civil case over Floyd’s death. The matter may be addressed on Wednesday, Cahill said. Floyd, who was Black, died last May 25 as Chauvin, then on duty with ...


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    Battle over Floyd's 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Battle over Floyd's 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Battle over George Floyd’s 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck wants to bring up Floyd's history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it's irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin's lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client's actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it's up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd's own actions on May ...


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    Battle Over George Floyd's 2019 Arrest Highlights Key Issue In Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin's Murder Trial

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Battle over Floyd's 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Battle over Floyd's 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Derek Chauvin trial: Defense wants jury to hear about earlier George Floyd arrest

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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