Trial for officer accused of killing George Floyd set to begin

Jury selection begins tomorrow in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd.
2:15 | 03/08/21

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Transcript for Trial for officer accused of killing George Floyd set to begin
the death of George Floyd sparking a so-called racial reckoning and protests across the country and the world. Now, the first prosecution in connection with fld's death. The trial of former police pofficer Derek chauvin about to get under way. Jury selection begins tomorrow. Alex Perez is in Minneapolis for us tonight. Reporter: Tonight, barricades and razor wire surrounding the courthouse in Minneapolis. Jury selection set to begin in the trial of Derek chauvin. The former officer accused of killing Floyd. Seen with his knee on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes on memorial day last year. During the trial, because of covid restrictions, just one member of Floyd's family allowed inside, the same for chauvin's. The judge making special arrangements, allowing the trial to be live streamed. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty. Late last week, the Minnesota court of appeals ruling that a judge must rule over whether to reinstate a third degree murder charge that was previously dropped. The ruling could come at any time. If the 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 death sparking emotional protests and demands for police reform. Thursday, the house of representatives passing the George Floyd justice in policing act. He told me, time after time. My name will bring ringing bells all over the world. I never thought it would be like this. Alex joins us live from Minneapolis. I want to go back to the fact that they're allowing cameras in court for this trial. That's never happened before in Minnesota. Why did they decide to do this now? Reporter: Yeah, linsey, this will be the first time a criminal trial is broadcast from here in Minnesota. Because of the pandemic, there are restrictions on the number of people who can be in the courtroom. The judge says because of the worldwide interest in this case, he believes broadcasting the trial will help the public better understand what is happening. Linsey? Alex, thank you. Today, March 7th, the 56th

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