Published: Fri, March 12, 2021

Cop involved in George Floyd murder to face new charge

Cop involved in George Floyd murder to face new charge

Five jurors were seated by the end of the second day of jury selection on Wednesday in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former policeman facing murder and manslaughter charges for the death of George Floyd during an arrest that caused worldwide outrage.

The Minneapolis City Council emerged from closed session to announce the record settlement, which includes $500,000 for the neighbourhood where Floyd was arrested. Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump called a news conference for 2 p.m ET.

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.

The trial of three other dismissed Minneapolis police officers who were on the scene as Chauvin pinned down Floyd is not scheduled until August and could be canceled, and charges dropped, if Chauvin is acquitted.

The suit 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. Justine Ruszczyk Damond, 40, was a dual citizen of the USA and Australia and called 911 to report a possible rape near her home shortly before Noor mistakenly shot her in a nearby alley while responding to the call. It also sought a receiver to be appointed to ensure that the city properly trains and supervises officers in the future.

Seven potential jurors were questioned Thursday, with one chosen to serve.

Six members of the jury have been impaneled so far - three White men, a Hispanic man, a multiracial woman and a Black man - in a pace that has been faster than expected.

Three jurors were selected on the first day of jury selection on Tuesday, and two jurors were selected on Wednesday.

The judge has promised jurors anonymity for the duration of the trial. She said she was "super excited" about getting the jury questionnaire form. She said she did not watch the bystander video in its entirety because "I just couldn't watch it anymore".

"The concern is that jurors will be aware that the city gave George Floyd's family a great deal of money", she Moriarty said.

Friday's quick dismissal echoed others earlier in the case for similar reasons.

Nelson pressed the woman hard on whether she could be fair despite her strong opinions. Potential jurors' identities are being protected and they are not shown on livestreamed video of the proceedings. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao face charges of aiding and abetting and manslaughter. The defence hasn't said whether Chauvin will testify in his own defence.

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