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Protests Take Place in Minneapolis Amid Opening Statements of Former Cop Charged With Floyd's Death

© REUTERS / NICHOLAS PFOSIProtesters march through downtown Minneapolis during the "I Can't Breathe" Silent March for Justice a day before jury selection is scheduled to begin for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7 March 2021.
Protesters march through downtown Minneapolis during the I Can't Breathe  Silent March for Justice a day before jury selection is scheduled to begin for the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, 7 March 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 29.03.2021
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The former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with second-and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over the death of African-American man George Floyd in May 2020.

Watch a live broadcast from Minneapolis, US, where protesters gather outside Hennepin County Courthouse on Monday, 29 March, following opening statements in the trial of police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of African-American man George Floyd.

On 25 May 2020, Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis after a store clerk alleged that Floyd had passed a counterfeit $20 bill. During the arrest, Chauvin was filmed kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes, while the latter was lying handcuffed face down in the street. Though Floyd repeatedly told Chauvin that he could not breathe, the officer did not take his knee from the man's neck.

After Floyd's death, Chauvin was fired and charged with second-and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Three other officers charged in the case will be tried separately in August.​ 

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