George Floyd Trial Begins: Prosecutor Accuses Chauvin of Lethal Force, Defense Points to Drugs


The Minnesota murder trial for former police officer Derek Chauvin got underway Monday. The trial began nearly a year after the death of a black man under the knee of the white officer.

George Floyd’s death set off protests and a national reckoning on race, and now the question of criminality lands Chauvin on trial, charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and third-degree murder.

The video of the incident played out again Monday during opening statements – the same video that rocked the world last year.

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