The former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd will appear in court on Monday for the first day of proceedings in his murder trial, when jury selection will begin.
As previously reported, Floyd died after then-officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck for several minutes during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a supermarket. Floyd, who was unarmed, told the officers he was in danger, saying “I can’t breathe” multiple times during the nearly 8-minute ordeal. Floyd’s death sparked protests over police brutality throughout the U.S.
Chauvin had been charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, and may also face a lesser third-degree murder charge that was dropped when he was charged with the more serious counts. As the New York Times reports, the court may hear arguments Monday on whether to reinstate the third-degree murder charge, which could delay jury selection.
The Washington Post will have live coverage of Chauvin’s trial; watch below.
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