Minneapolis — Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s murder jury selection ended Tuesday, requiring another jury before the opening statement began.
By Monday, one jury had been elected and 14 juries had been aggregated. The court requires a total of 15 people on the panel – 12 to deliberate and 3 to act as agents.
Floyd, a black man, died in police detention on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, a white man, pressed his knees against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. While lying on the ground under Chauvin, Floyd shouted “I can’t breathe” more than 20 times. The incident caused protests around the world.
Chauvin has been charged with two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges.
- The court resigned on Monday.Judges’ selection will continue on Tuesday at 9am CST.
- The 14th jury was elected on Monday. Her addition brings a pool to 5 men and 9 women. Courts have identified eight as white, two as multi-ethnic, and four as black. Six of the juries are in their twenties or thirties, three are in their forties, four are in their fifties, and one is in their sixties.
- Attorneys and prosecutors have asked jury candidates over the past two weeks about their views on racism, discrimination, crackdowns on the color community, and Black Lives Matter. Last week, chief counsel Eric Nelson told the jury candidate that the trial was “not racial.”
- The jury is allowed to hear evidence related to George Floyd’s arrest in 2019, Kay Hill ruled on Friday. He also denied the defense’s request to move or postpone the trial.
- The opening statement is scheduled to begin on March 29th.
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The 14th jury has been added: this is the previous Derek Chauvin jury
The 14th jury was added on Monday. This is a white woman in her twenties who works as a social worker. This means that only one more jury candidate is needed to fill the jury pool prior to the opening statement next week.
Five male and nine female juries were selected for the Derek Chauvin trial. Twelve will serve as juries, discussing his destiny, and three will serve as alternatives.
Given the situation of Floyd’s death (a black man dies under the knees of a white police officer), the racial composition of the jury is an important concern. Courts have identified eight of the juries as white, two as multi-ethnic, and four as black. You can choose up to 4 people as an alternative.
Let’s take a quick look at who else is the jury.
- A white woman in her 50s who is a self-proclaimed animal lover who is passionate about affordable housing.
- A white woman in her 40s who works for insurance and says she loves Minnesota
- A black woman in her 60s who retired from marketing and said she loves spending time with her grandchildren
- Caucasian nurse in her 50s dealing with COVID-19 patients on ventilator
- A mixed-race woman in her 40s working in a company reorganization
- A black man in his 40s who has lived in Hennepin County for 20 years in management
- A white woman in her 50s who works in health care and likes to ride a motorcycle
- A black man in his thirties working in a bank and teaching youth sports
- A white woman in her 50s who works for a non-profit organization and is a single mother of her two teenage sons.
- A black man in his thirties who worked in technology and emigrated from Africa to the United States
- Caucasian auditor in his thirties
- A mixed-race woman in her twenties who said she was “very excited” to serve
- White chemist in his twenties playing Ultimate Frisbee
As of Monday afternoon, defense used 14 of 18 compulsory challenges. This can be used to attack a potential jury without explaining why. The state used 8 out of 10.
Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cayhill submitted a number of documents requesting a change in the location of the trial by Derek Chauvin’s lawyer, but still demanded, except to ensure that the trial remained in Minneapolis. Opened a courtroom on Monday, admitting that he refused.
On Friday, Kay Hill denied the defense’s request to move or postpone the trial. Shovin’s defense team claimed that the jury pool had been contaminated by pretrial publicity and the widely reported announcement of a historic $ 27 million settlement with Floyd’s family.
“Unfortunately, I think the pretrial promotion in this case will continue no matter how long we continue,” Kay Hill said. “And when it comes to changing venues, I don’t think it will give defendants a fair trial beyond what they’re doing here today. I don’t think there’s a place in Minnesota like never before. In that case, we received a great deal of publicity. “
Also on Friday, Cahill said the jury would be allowed to hear some evidence related to George Floyd’s arrest in May 2019. Arrested.
In a May 2019 arrest, police responded to information about illegal drug activity and found significant amounts of drugs in and around Floyd, according to court filings. Floyd was upset and called his mother when police were pulling out his gun and arresting him. According to court testimony, rescue workers told Floyd that he had to be hospitalized because he had dangerous high blood pressure that could cause a stroke or heart attack.
Cahill said the two arrests were “very similar,” but the jury was only related to Floyd’s condition, not emotional behavior, as it was related to the cause of death in the 2020 case. You can hear evidence from the 2019 arrest.
The judge has determined that some of the police officer’s body camera videos of the 2019 case can be admitted. The jury also saw a photo of the case showing a pill in the car seat, what was Floyd’s blood pressure, and why Floyd recommended him to go to the hospital. You can hear it.
“The important thing here is that there is medical evidence of what happens when Floyd faces virtually the same situation,” Cahill said. “The May 6, 2019 case is only relevant to that extent. Emotional behavior calling on Mr. Floyd’s mother-it’s all unacceptable.”
Earlier, Kay Hill motioned to include evidence of Chauvin’s history. Cayhill ruled in January that evidence relating to 16 cases involving three other former Minneapolis police officers charged with the deaths of Chauvin and Floyd could not be brought to court.
Contributions: Grace Hauck, Kevin McCoy, N’dea Yancey-Bragg, Eric Ferkenhoff
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