Jury selection begins for ex-officer charged in George Floyd death

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who pleaded not guilty, faces 2nd degree murder and 2nd degree manslaughter charges for after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
2:43 | 03/08/21

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Transcript for Jury selection begins for ex-officer charged in George Floyd death
Now to jury selection starting today for the trial of that ex-minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd. The deeply disturbing incident caught on camera igniting protests all around the world. Alex press is in Minneapolis with the latest. Good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, robin. You can see all of that fencing around the courthouse here behind me, security is very tight, jury selections expected to last about three weeks. This morning, jury selection getting under way in high-stakes trial of former police officer Derek chauvin, the man charged with murdering George Floyd. Protesters taking to the streets of Minnesota Sunday calling for justice. Tight security measures in place outside the courthouse, while inside strict covid restrictions just one member each from both Floyd and chauvin families allowed in the courtroom. Chauvin facing second degree murder and manslaughter charges. For kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes. That video will play a role on how the jury pool will come together. Both the prosecution and the defense in this case are going to be looking for jurors who no matter what they've seen or heard, still keep an open mind and listen to the evidence presented on trial. Reporter: The process of selecting the 12 jurors as well as 4 alternates expected to take three weeks. They're narrowing down the candidates using a multipage questionnaires asking potential jurors what they know about the case from media reports. And whether they participated if the rallies. Another question asking if they have any opinions on blue lives matter. They may have a difficult time finding those people who really can keep a level head. Reporter: And the court of appeals last week ruled that the judge handling this case must reconsider whether to reinstate third degree murder charge and how that will impact the trial. Alex, do we know if cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during the trial? Reporter: Yeah, robin, cameras will be allowed in the courtroom, first time a criminal trial has broadcast from here in Minnesota the judge says broadcasting this trial because of the immense worldwide interest is important for the public to understand what's happening inside the courtroom here. No doubt many will be watching. We'll move now to pope

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