More than 470 people killed by police force who brutalized George Floyd. Trial starts for one ex-cop

More than 470 people killed by police force who brutalized George Floyd. Trial starts for one ex-cop

Hundreds of demonstrators marched through Minneapolis streets over the weekend and returned again on Monday in the hours before what promises to be an absolutely critical murder trial in the national effort for justice following the death of George Floyd.

Floyd, a 46-year-old Black father, was killed on May 25, 2020, when Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer, kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin faces charges including second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter, and potentially third-degree murder after an appeals court ruling made way for a judge to reconsider the initial decision to toss the charge out, according to MSNBC. Protesters advocating for justice in the case have their eye narrowly targeted on just that—making sure Chauvin is held accountable for the devastation he’s accused of causing. In that effort, demonstrators also sought to bring attention to the more than 470 other people killed by Minneapolis police. They marched on Sunday from the city’s government center to Hennepin Avenue with an enlarged scroll of each victim’s name, Minneapolis photojournalist Chad Davis said in a tweet. “Organizers point out Chauvin was involved in 5 of the names,” he added.

More from this afternoon in Minneapolis: pic.twitter.com/HSHrMek6KB

— daviss (@daviss) March 8, 2021

The nonprofit Communities United Against Police Brutality, which activist Michelle Gross founded, created the list, according to The Star Tribune. “The city had four chances to stop Chauvin before he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck, and they did nothing,” Gross told protesters on Sunday. “These are people whose families are left to grieve. These are people who will never complete their life’s mission because their lives were stolen from them prematurely.” When she read a few names from the list she asked the crowd: “It’s sobering, isn’t it?” In Chauvin’s 19 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, he was the subject of at least 17 misconduct complaints but was only disciplined in one, The Star Tribune reported.

Following Floyd’s death, more than 150 churches partnered with a grassroots organization dubbed Pray for MN. Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of the Council on American Islamic Relations’ Minnesota chapter, told The Star Tribune the group’s effort on Sunday was about remembering George Floyd as a man before the trial became the central focus. “We have to remember that a man lost his life, a family lost a brother, a family lost a father, they lost a son, they lost an uncle,” Ibrahim told the newspaper.

WATCH LIVE: A crowd gathers outside the courthouse in Minneapolis ahead of jury selection for Derek Chauvin’s trial. Chauvin is a former police officer charged in the death of George Floyd. https://t.co/CFBwvNmge9

— WSMV News4 Nashville (@WSMV) March 8, 2021

That had already happened by early Monday, with jury selection having started at 9 AM Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill was slated to start questioning, followed by Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison and Chauvin’s attorney Eric Nelson, NPR reported. “Winning a conviction will be hard,” Ellison told NPR. “I say this not because I doubt our resources or our ability, in fact we’re confident in what we’re doing. But history does show that there are clear challenges here.”

The challenges delayed jury selection when Chauvin’s defense team announced it would seek guidance from the Minnesota Supreme Court regarding the third-degree murder charge, CBS-affiliated WCCO-TV reported. The judge initially ruled jury selection would begin as planned after learning the defense did not want to delay proceedings.

Judge Peter Cahill rules that jury selection will go forward in the Derek Chauvin trial. This is despite a pending petition to the MN Supreme Court over whether to add a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd. pic.twitter.com/NCQttRCOzy

— The Recount (@therecount) March 8, 2021

Cahill later delayed the case until at least Tuesday morning to allow the prosecution to file its appeal regarding the third-degree murder charge. 

Court will resume at 10am Central to discuss the issues.

— Brian Entin (@BrianEntin) March 8, 2021

View more social media posts about the trial below:

This is going to be a heavy week. It starts with the start of the Derek Chauvin trial, and it ends in the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s killing. We just never, ever confused justice for accountability. George & Breonna should be alive. The struggle doesn’t end in the courts. https://t.co/mcenk71i8b

— brittany packnett cunningham has 3 names. (@MsPackyetti) March 8, 2021

News cycle we are about to requires this reminder. The Derek Chauvin trial is about to start. This is not the George Floyd trial. The man whose breath was squeezed out of his body is not on trial. There are other ways to honor his name beyond giving him this erroneous headline

— Michele Norris (@michele_norris) March 8, 2021


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