April 20th, 2021 2:45pm PDT Update:
Former member of the Minneapolis Police Department, Derek Chauvin, is on trial for the death of George Floyd. Floyd died during an arrest made by Chauvin and 3 other officers, sparking months of protesting and unrest across the United States.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter. His trial is expected to last several weeks, and has already sparked a number of demonstrations in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota National Guard have been deployed ahead of anticipated unrest, and fencing and barricades have been erected around the Hennepin County Government Center and all police precincts.
Day 16 Highlights (4/20/21):
A verdict has been reached in the trial of former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, according to a notice posted on the Hennepin County Court’s website. “A verdict has been reached and will be read between 3:30-4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 20″ (4:30-5:00 p.m. ET), according to the notice.
Former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted on all charges by a jury in the Hennepin County court.
The 12 jurors found him guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in George Floyd’s death in May 2020.
Day 15 Highlights (4/19/21) Closing Arguments:
Day 14 Highlights (4/15/21):
Day 13 Highlights (4/14/21):
In opening statements and cross-examinations, Nelson has focused on three main arguments:
George Floyd died of drug and health problems, Chauvin’s use of force was ugly but appropriate, and the crowd of bystanders became hostile and distracted Chauvin from taking care of Floyd
The defense has called its next witness: Dr. David Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist. Prior to retirement, Fowler worked at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the state of Maryland.
Dr. David Fowler, testified that it is his opinion that the cause of Floyd’s death should be “undetermined.” “I would fall back to undetermined, in this particular case,” Fowler testified.
Day 12 Highlights (4/13/21):
Defense attorney Eric Nelson has called his first witness — former Minneapolis Police officer Scott Creighton. Creighton said he worked for the MPD for 28 years. He is now retired. Before he began testimony, the judge informed the jury that Creighton would be testifying about an earlier incident involving George Floyd on May 6, 2019.
The defense’s second witness is retired paramedic Michelle Monseng, who worked in in Hennepin County, Minnesota, for almost 34 years. She is testifying about providing treatment to George Floyd during an incident on May 6, 2019.
The next witness is Shawanda Hill. She was subpoenaed by the defense to testify. On May 25, 2020, she was at Cup Foods. She ran into George Floyd in the store. She testified that Floyd was “happy, normal, talking, alert” when she saw him.
Peter Chang, a Minneapolis Park Police officer, is now testifying and being questioned by the defense attorney. Chang said he was on duty on May 25, 2020, and responded to a call at Cup Foods.
Day 11 Highlights (4/12/21):
Cardiologist Dr. Jonathan Rich is currently on the stand. He said he currently practices at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago but is appearing “as an expert cardiologist to provide my opinion as to how George Floyd died.”
Judge Peter Cahill just ruled that Morries Hall will not testify in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin. Hall is George Floyd’s friend and was in the car with him the day he was confronted by police – and ultimately died.
Day 10 Highlights (4/9/21):
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Day 7 Highlights (4/6/21):
Minneapolis Police Lt. Johnny Mercil testified today about the use of neck restraints by police officers at the department. He said that a neck restraint is defined as “constricting the sides of a person’s neck and they refer to it as a neck restraint.
While showing the witness an image of Derek Chauvin with his knee on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed, prosecuting attorney Steve Schleicher asked if “the subject was under control and handcuffed would this be authorized?” “I would say no,” Mercil said.
Day 6 Highlights (4/5/21):
Day 5 Highlights (4/2/21):
Proceedings in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin have wrapped for the day. The trial will resume Monday at 9:15 a.m. local time.
Day 4 Highlights (4/1/21):
Day 3 Highlights (3/31/21):
Day 2 Highlights (3/30/21):
Minneapolis officials have been having weekly meetings with regional 911 leaders, purchased two additional sets of back up equipment and are creating a dedicated line of communication, should more unrest happen during the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin (Pine Journal)
With jury deliberations in Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd underway, it’s not just Minneapolis preparing for protests and possible civil unrest — cities around the US are on alert, too. (CNN)
Here’s how some of the biggest cities are preparing: