The first jurors for the murder trial of George Floyd against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin have been selected on March 9.
Attorneys questioned 10 potential jurors on how much they knew about the trial of Chauvin, who was accused of second-degree unintentional murder and manslaughter in the death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, last May 25.
Jury selection on March 9 then ended with two men and one woman being chosen to serve as jurors.
The first juror is a chemist in his 20s or 30s who said that he was an “advocate of community policing” and believes that “all lives matter equally.” Although he said that he had not seen the video of Floyd’s death, he said that he was familiar with the media coverage of the high-profile case.
The second juror is a biracial working mother in her 20s whose uncle is a police officer. She said that she had only see the video of Floyd’s death once. She also said that she was “super excited” to hear all the evidence in the trial as a juror. However, she also expressed concern with her fluency in English.
The third juror is an auditor who had a negative perception of the Blue Lives Matter movement despite being friends with a police officer in Minneapolis. He also said that he would examine the evidence presented in the trial to determine the guilt or innocence of Chauvin.
The selection of 12 jurors and up to four alternates continues on March 10.
The trial is set to begin on March 29.
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