Minneapolis to pay US$27M to settle family lawsuit β€” George Floyd case

A woman wearing a protective mask walks past graffiti in Berlin's Mauer Park depicting George Floyd a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, is now on trial facing murder and manslaughter charges for his role in Floyd's death, which was captured on video by bystanders and sparked protests against racial injustice around the globe.

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree unintentional murder, second-degree manslaughter, and third-degree murder. The state's Supreme Court subsequently rejected efforts by Chauvin's defense team to block it.

It was reported recently that the murder trial for Chauvin will be televised on Court TV, while Peacock's Law & Crime will stream it online. Floyd's killing sparked protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a national reckoning on racial justice. With coronavirus restrictions in place, the jurors will be seated two meters from each other in the courtroom. The defence hasn't said whether Chauvin will testify in his own defence. Seven jurors have been seated as of Friday afternoon, and seven more are needed, according to KARE.

Chauvin was seen in videos with his knee on Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes on May 25 as Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, pleaded for his life and called out for his dead mother. The would-be jurors were asked to disclose everything they know about the widely publicized case, Floyd's death, his nationally televised funeral and protests against police in the weeks that followed.

Cahill also noted that the reinstatement of the third-degree murder charge does not apply to three other officers who have been charged in Floyd's death. They are scheduled for trial this summer, and possible third degree charges in that case would be addressed at a later time, the judge said.

3rd Degree Murder Charge Added in George Floyd Trial

During the jury selection process, prosecutors and defense attorney Eric Nelson are closely questioning the jurors about their views of the case. The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers the day after the deadly arrest. Floyd, who was accused of using a a counterfeit $20 bill, was handcuffed and pinned to the pavement.

"We're gratified that the judge cleared the way for the trial to proceed and for Chauvin to face this additional charge".

It alleged the officers violated Floyd's rights when they restrained him, and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to flourish in its police force.

"Even as the trial against former officer Derek Chauvin moves forward and the family waits for justice in the criminal courts, this settlement imparts a measure of justice that is meaningful, important and necessary", said another family attorney, L. Chris Stewart.

In addition, Nelson is set to argue that Floyd died from drugs found in his body and other underlying health problems, including heart disease.

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