Jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is scheduled to start Monday, but may be delayed as a new ruling from the Minnesota Court of Appeals orders the judge to reconsider a third-degree murder charge.
Chauvin, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes last May, was charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Floyd’s killing ignited the largest civil rights movement in the country since the 1960s with months-long protests against police brutality.
Three other former officers — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — will go to trial this summer for aiding and abetting, second-degree murder and manslaughter.
A federal police reform bill named after Floyd is one step closer to becoming law. The George Floyd Justice and Police Act aimed at ending racial profiling, excessive force and police misconduct.