By Erin Donaghue

Updated on: 29 March 2021 / 10:50 a.m.
/ CBS NEWS

The opening speech began Monday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with the death of George Floyd Chauvin, who was seen in a disturbing video stuck on the unarmed black man’s neck for more than nine minutes knelt, charged with second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter

Floyd’s killing last year sparked outrage and a global reckoning of police reform and racial justice, with three other officers involved in the fatal arrest in May 2020 facing aiding and abetting and joint trial in August Chauvin pleaded not guilty known

Fifteen jurors, four of whom are black and two of whom are multiracial, were selected for the jury during a week-long selection process earlier this month

The process is expected to take two to four weeks at the highly secured Hennepin County’s government center in downtown Minneapolis After that, the jury will begin deliberations.Judge Peter Cahill will limit courtroom attendance due to COVID-19 concerns and allow the trial to be televised, a rarity in the state

When Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd on Aug. When the jury began making selections on March 25, she said the family was “glad the wait is finally over and the day is here””

“We pray for justice, and we hope that justice prevails, and we can all use this as an opportunity to get better and do better for the people around us,” she said

At the beginning of the opening speech, District Attorney Jerry Blackwell said the Minneapolis Police Department had a policy to uphold the sanctity of human life Kneeled on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes on May 23, 2020

Blackwell said Minneapolis police policy requires officials to evaluate the use of force on a moment-by-moment basis, and officials must not use more force than is necessary to bring a person under their control, he said – The jury would hear from a violence expert who said Chauvin used “lethal force” against Floyd, who was “defenseless”, who was handcuffed and who did not resist “

Blackwell said the jury would see the video of Floyd pleading 27 times that he couldn’t breathe. He said Chauvin “doesn’t ease up and he doesn’t get up” even after saying twice that Floyd can’t Has pulse and after paramedics arrive with a stretcher

He said Chauvin kneeled on Floyd’s neck for a total of nine minutes and 29 seconds

Judge Peter Cahill took an oath to the jury and officially swore them shortly before 10:30 a.m. He instructed them to listen carefully to what was going on and to be open when weighing witness statements.The jurors have received and are allowed to receive notepads make notes The judge said they will not be given a trial record for their deliberations

Cahill warned the panel to avoid media coverage of the case and not post on social media

Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams said Monday morning that it was difficult for the family to travel to Minneapolis, but the journey for the process was easier because “we have come for one thing and only one thing – we have come, to get justice and nothing”Less”

Williams said the family would keep talking about justice because someone was held accountable for Floyd’s death

Floyd’s brother Terrence Floyd said he kept watching the disturbing video of his brother’s death, not out of anger but because it was the last time he could hear his brother’s voice

“Every time I looked at it I got stronger because I knew they murdered him,” said Terrence Floyd. “But we’re still Floyd strong and we’re still here so we will hold down for him “

Civil rights activist Al Sharpton called Floyd’s death “lynching” and said the trial will mark whether cops can be brought to justice in the US

On Monday, Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump described the case as a “landmark trial” that will serve as a “referendum on how far America has come in its pursuit of equal justice” “

Family members, including Floyd’s cousins, brothers, sister, and young daughter Gianna, were in Minneapolis, Crump said, along with civil rights leader Al Sharpton standing by

Crump said he expected Chauvin’s defense would try to focus on Floyd’s criminal record but said the focus should be on chauvin instead

“George Floyd didn’t kill anyone,” said Crump. “Derek Chauvin was the person who killed George Floyd so why do we allow you to murder the character of George Floyd after you murder his person?”

Attorney Justin Miller, who represents Floyd’s daughter, agreed, saying, “George Floyd is not on trial. This is the trial of Derek Chauvin”

Crump said the trial was emotional for the family Crump said despite having received a $ 27 million settlement, the family are seeking “full justice” in the criminal case

“What we want to know is will we see justice?” Crump said “The whole world is watching”

Crump and Floyd’s brother Philonise also shared their hopes for justice on “CBS This Morning” “

To convict Chauvin of second degree murder, prosecutors must unequivocally demonstrate that Chauvin caused Floyd to die while committing a related crime, or attempted a third degree assault in the case of the former officer for third degree murder To convict, prosecutors must convince the jury that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death in an act that “is extremely dangerous to others and shows a corrupt spirit, regardless of human life””


The charges were originally dropped by Cahill but reinstated earlier this month after an appeals court handed prosecutors a victory

To convict Chauvin of second degree manslaughter, prosecutors must demonstrate beyond any doubt that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death through “culpable negligence,” which means that he created and deliberately risked death or serious harm cause

Prosecutors Don’t Have to Prove Chauvin Intended to Cause Floyd’s Death Since law enforcement officers are authorized to use force, prosecutors must prove that Chauvin’s violence against Floyd was unlawful

Minnesota has a maximum sentence of 40 years for second degree murder. Third degree murder has a maximum sentence of 25 years. Second degree homicide has a maximum sentence of 10 years
The Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office is prosecuting Chauvin, and Chauvin’s defense attorney is Eric Nelson

Although 15 jurors have been selected, one will likely be dismissed at the start of the trial, allowing 12 jurors and two alternates to judge the case.The nine women and six men are between 20 and 60 years old. Nine are white, four are black and two identify as multiracial, the jurors’ identities are kept secret, and all have stated that despite the massive publicity the case has received, they can deliver an impartial verdict

According to COVID-19 protocols, the courtroom has room for a television technician who runs the show, the judge, four prosecution attorneys and four defense attorneys, jurors and deputy jurors, two media representatives and one member of Derek Chauvin’s family and one Member of George Floyd’s Family The judge has said that various family members can rotate with the seat but are not allowed to enter the courtroom at the same time

Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci said in a statement that the decision to admit only one family member to court disappointed Floyd’s family members, “many of whom intended to be in the courtroom to witness this trial””

“The family looks forward to beginning the process as a critical milestone on the road to justice and as a step towards closing this dark chapter of their lives,” the statement reads

Law enforcement officers are on high alert and have been planning security for months. They say a cross-departmental plan called “Operation Safety Net” aims to protect legitimate, nonviolent protests while at the same time protecting “large-scale violent civil unrest”, property damage, bodily harm To prevent looting and property damage

Last month, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz authorized the National Guard to assist local law enforcement officials, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that city and county officials will spend at least $ 1 million on erecting fences and other barricades in throughout the city, including fortifications for the city’s five police stations, plus the town hall and civil service building facing the downtown courthouse Chauvin Tried

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