The trial of former Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) officer Derek Chauvin, charged in the death of George Floyd, was set to begin on March 8. Floyd, a Black man, was killed in South Minneapolis after Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds. A video recording of Floyd’s death received international attention, sparking protests and riots in Minneapolis, Saint Paul, across the country and the world. Chauvin was charged with Floyd’s murder, alongside three other officers: Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Kiernan Lane, who were also present during Floyd’s death. As the world watches to see if George Floyd will finally receive justice, here are six things you should know about Chauvin’s upcoming trial.
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