Transcript for Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin awaiting trial
Back in the U.S., we're a day away from the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin. He's charged with second degree murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd last summer. That death setting the stage of a summer of racial justice protests. Alex Presha. Reporter: Jury selection is just day away in the case of former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin. Jury selection is just day away in the case of former Minneapolis police officer Derek chauvin. Standing trial for the death of George Floyd. Higher stakes. Barricades, razor wire inside access the 18-floor courtrooms severely limited. The families of chauvin and Floyd only get one seat each. And it will be live-streamed. Tomorrow begins a three-week process to find the 12 jurors and 4 alternates to find this case. Cameras won't show their faces. One of the most important things is going to be to look to people who haven't already developed very strong feelings about the case and that may not be easy. Reporter: Chauvin faces second-degree murder and manslaghter charges to which he pleaded not guilty. Last memorial day Floyd was being taken into custody for allegedly buying cigarettes. With a counterfeit $20 bill. Chauvin kneeling on his neck. Court documents say that Floyd was pinned for more than 9:20, all four officers later fired. This video playing a crucial role. Ahead of tomorrow, a last-minute change, the Minnesota court of appeals ruling that the judge must now reconsider a third-degree murder charge against chauvin. If the third-degree murder charge is reinstated that provides prosecutors with a murder charge where they still don't necessarily have to prove that he intended to kill George Floyd. Reporter: Floyd's brother yesterday in Houston after house lawmakers passed a justice in policing act. Named after Floyd. He was an asset to this family. But for this world he's changing it. He's a global asset now. Reporter: The most severe charge that chauvin faces comes with a maximum sentence of 40 years. But experts have pointed out that Minnesota guidelines put it between 10 and 15 years. Those other three officers will face trial separately this summer. Whit.
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