Today our focus again will be directed towards Minneapolis, as the trial of Derek Chauvin is set to begin.
The former officer was released on $1 million bond is facing murder charges for second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for kneeling on the neck of George Floyd back in May 2020 for nine minutes. The incident was caught on tape and drew outrage and a worldwide reckoning on police reform, racial justice and equality.
A pre-trial hearing is underway in anticipation of this morning’s scheduled start of the trial of Derek Chauvin. These are the scenes outside in downtown Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/G4Pksed3FJ
— Omar Jimenez (@OmarJimenez) March 8, 2021
For those interested in watching, the trial will be televised. The jury selection is scheduled for today and will last for three weeks. Opening statements are expected on March 29 and trial proceedings will span another two to four weeks. The process is expected to be complete by mid- to late-April. If Convicted, they will schedule a sentencing hearing for later date.
Watch it live on court TV or Peacock. Reports show it’s likely to be among the most closely watched legal events in recent US history.