Derek Chauvin is on trial for George Floyd's death

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The 45-year-old Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death, which not only ignited sometimes violent protests and rioting in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere, but reignited the nation's debate over policing and race relations. The prosecution and defense will make their opening arguments on Monday.

The ex-police officer, who was previously involved in three shootings and reportedly formerly worked for some as a part-time security guard with Floyd at the same local club, will be tried by a 15-member jury.

Floyd's cause of death is expected to be the central issue in the case, and a key piece of evidence is likely to be the bystander-filmed video of his death that went viral and triggered a summer of anti-racism protests.

The trial is expected to last about four weeks at the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, which has been fortified with concrete barriers, fencing, and barbed and razor wire. You can follow the proceedings on NPR and at member station Minnesota Public Radio, which is livestreaming video coverage from the courtroom.

He added: "If George Floyd was a white American citizen and a police officer knelt on his death no one wd be saying this is a hard case."Mr Crump said he expected the defence to attack Mr Floyd's character but noted it was Chavin who was on trial, not Mr Floyd".

To what degree could other factors, such as Floyd's recent drug use and his health, have contributed to his death? The manslaughter charge requires proof that Chauvin caused Floyd's death through negligence that created an unreasonable risk. The criminal justice system is on trial tomorrow. Several jury candidates said the payout made it hard for them to grant Chauvin his constitutional right to be presumed innocent.

The identities of the jurors will not be revealed until after the trial but some details are known. But the trial was not delayed because of the settlement.

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The city of Minneapolis agreed recently to pay Floyd's relatives $27 million in damages to settle their claims of abuse in the case.

After that news broke, two jurors told the court that they could no longer promise to be impartial, and they were struck from the panel.

The jurors are: a multirace woman in her 20s, a multirace woman in her 40s, two Black men in their 30s, a Black man in his 40s, a Black woman in her 60s, four white women in their 50s, a white woman in her 40s, a white man in his 30s, two white men in their 20s, and a white woman in her 20s.

The Chauvin trial is already making history in Minnesota, where it will be the state's first case to be broadcast live on TV and streaming services. He held his position even as Mr Floyd's "I can't breathe" cries faded and he went limp as he was handcuffed and lying on his stomach.

Chauvin and the other three police officers who were at the scene - Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas K. Lane - were fired one day after Floyd was killed.

Mr Chauvin placed his left knee on Mr Floyd's neck, and kept it there for more than nine minutes, according to prosecutors. They were arrested several days later.

The other three officers are facing charges of aiding and abetting their former colleague.

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