Jury selection begins in trial of ex-cop in Floyd’s death

George Floyd Officer Trial

In this image from video, defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pretrial motions before jury selection Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. (Court TV, via AP, Pool)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection has begun in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death.

Derek Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in Floyd’s death last May. The process of picking a jury has started, even though state prosecutors have asked an appellate court to halt proceedings until their effort to add a third-degree murder charge is resolved.

At least three weeks have been set aside for jury selection, and no one expects it to be easy. The day’s first juror on Tuesday described seeing bystander video showing Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck and thinking his actions were “not fair.” She has been dismissed.

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