Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin, charged with killing George Floyd will soon go on trial this month.
Charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, Chauvin is being held on $1.25 million bail.
The 44-year-old knelt on Floyd’s neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds as Floyd, handcuffed and stomach-down on the ground, repeatedly cried, “I can’t breathe,” according to prosecutors and graphic bystander video. The 46-year-old father of five also called out for his deceased mother, according to Chauvin’s complaint.
Thousands of people took to the streets of Minneapolis after Floyd’s death. Many demonstrated peacefully, but some are concerned about what might happen elsewhere if Chauvin is acquitted.
The other defendants, Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, will all be tried together. They are facing lesser charges, including aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd. Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill cited the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as reason for trying Chauvin’s case separately from three other former Minneapolis police officers.
The judge set a tentative trial date for March 8, 2021, with opening statements March 29, and a follow-up hearing for Sept. 11. Three other fired officers will go on trial in August.