3rd Degree Murder Charge Added in George Floyd Trial

3rd Degree Murder Charge Added in George Floyd Trial

The city of Minneapolis has agreed to pay $27 million to the family of George Floyd to settle legal proceedings over his death in police custody, the city council said on Friday.

It includes a $500,000 contribution from Floyd's family to the community at the Minneapolis intersection where Floyd died, which has been barricaded against police access by residents and is filled with flowers and other tributes to Floyd.

The settlement is the "largest pre-trial settlement in a civil rights wrongful death case in United States history", the lawyers said in a statement.

Jury selection began this week for the trial involving Chauvin, who faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and manslaughter in the death of Floyd.

The other three officers are due to go on trial later this year on charges of aiding and abetting Mr Chauvin in Mr Floyd's death, which was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner. "If I could get him back, I would give all this back".

Ted Sampsell-Jones, a criminal law expert at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, said it's additional pretrial publicity that is "bad for the defence" and could lead some jurors to think guilt has already been decided.

The settlement will likely ensure that George Floyd's young daughter, Gianna Floyd, "is taken care of for the rest of her life", NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement.

The court will need to seat a total of 12 jurors and two alternates. She said she has had contact with the Minnesota attorney general in the past because of her advocacy work but that this would have no impact on her decision-making in the trial.

Bridgett Floyd, sister of George Floyd speaks to the media outside the Hennepin County Government Center where jury selection is taking place in the trial of former officer Derek Chauvin

"I can assure you, but like you mentioned earlier, the video is going to be a big part of the evidence and there's no changing my mind about that", she replied.

The woman, a recent college graduate, said she had seen bystander video of Floyd's arrest and closely read news coverage of the case.

Defendant and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, right, listens as Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill presides over pretrial motions before jury selection, March 9, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis.

Nelson pressed the woman hard on whether she could be fair despite her strong opinions.

Cahill and lawyers over the week have asked potential jurors about their previous knowledge of the case, whether they've seen it on the news and how they responded to a 13-page questionnaire.

Chauvin and three other officers were fired.

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, who is leading the prosecution, said in a statement the addition of the charge "reflects the gravity of the allegations" against Chauvin. Chauvin, 44, also has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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