United States Half of George Floyd’s lawsuit jury assembled, attitude towards death of black Minnesota varies drastically according to skin color

64 percent of blacks think Floyd was murdered by police Chauvin, while 28 percent of whites think so.

Minnesota black George Floydin former white police accused of death Derek Chauvinin, 44, the trial began as early as last Monday, but this week all the time was spent selecting jury members and the judge considering the addition of one indictment.

The CNN channel saidthat by Friday a total of twelve members of the jury and two alternates had been assembled, seven or half. Opening remarks can be expected at least until the end of March, when jury selection is expected to take up to three weeks in total.

Gathering the jury is hampered by the fact that the situation that led to Floyd’s death was recorded on video last May and launched large-scale demonstrations and riots. It is almost impossible to find a person in the United States who would have no opinion on either Floyd’s death or the events that followed.

A poll a week ago found that Americans ’attitudes toward police Chauvin’s guilt vary greatly based on the defendant’s own skin color. 64 percent of black Americans considered Floyd’s death a murder, while 28 percent of whites thought so, A USA Today poll said.

Former police officer Derek Chauvin was described in connection with his arrest last May.­

CNN said a white man between the ages of 20 and 30, who said he was a chemist by profession and analytical in nature, was first qualified for the jury.

Skin color did not appear to have an effect on jurors ’choices, which can be influenced by both the prosecutor and the defense. Among the top seven, a “colored woman,” a Latin man, and a black man were qualified, as CNN said. The names or details of the members of the jury will not be disclosed to the public.

However, a handful of jury candidates have been rejected over the course of the week because they are not believed to be able to assess the case in an impartial manner. British newspaper According to The Guardian the first candidate, a Minnesota woman, was rejected after she had answered in a preliminary inquiry that the police did not behave fairly in the situation.

The woman said she saw a video of the situation, in which Chauvin pressed Floyd’s neck on his knee for minutes. According to the woman, she could not understand why the police did not get up, even though Floyd said she could not breathe.

Derek Chauvin (right) pressed George Floyd, who was lying on the ground, to his knee for several minutes. On the left J. Alexander Kueng.­

“That’s not fair because we’re human,” the woman had stated to the court.

The defense, for example, demanded the rejection of a woman with a Latin background who said she did not speak very good English. The prosecuting side, on the other hand, did not accept a man with a military background on the jury. The man had said that eyewitnesses gathered around him during the Floyd and Chauvin incident were likely to increase the stress of the situation.

Jury candidates had been given a 16-page questionnaire, which sought to test a preconceived notion of the case. Some questions directly asked whether individuals thought they could handle the case impartially.

Candidates, for example, were asked if they had taken part in anti-police violence demonstrations. “If you participated, did you carry a sign? What did it read? ”

Some questions, on the other hand, do not just show why they have ended up on the form. Candidates were asked, for example, about their potential children, what age and gender they are in and what kind of job they are in.

In the U.S. polarization, a language question in which candidates were asked to tell them what newspapers they read, what TV stations they watch, and what social media platforms they enjoy. News and commentary on Floyd’s death and subsequent protests has varied very strongly in various news media in the United States.

During the trial, jury members are not allowed to follow the news or even discuss the case with each other, let alone publish their thoughts on social media. “Would you find it difficult to follow these guidelines for some reason?” candidates were asked on a form.

Candidates for a jury may be rejected on the grounds that the defense or the prosecutor suspects that the juror is not impartial. In addition, Chauvin’s attorneys have the right to dismiss 15 juror candidates without giving a reason. Prosecutors, in turn, are allowed to dismiss nine candidates without stating a reason.

Someone in addition to the interviews, the judge decided over the week that the case would accept a charge of third-degree murder in addition to “unintentional second-degree murder”. This improves the prosecutor’s ability to reach a verdict in the case. In addition, Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder.

All the charges are roughly connected by the fact that Chauvin did not think he planned to kill Floyd. Maximum sentences for different charges range from 10 to 40 years in prison.

Third-degree murder is not known at the federal level and is used only in Florida and Pennsylvania, in addition to Minnesota, according to Wikipedia. in this article. More detailed descriptions of the three indictments in Minnesota can be read in English from here, from here and from here from the link.

Chauvin is suspected of causing the death of Floyd, 46, in an arrest situation in Minneapolis, Minnesota in May 2020. A video of the situation shows how Chauvin presses Floyd’s neck lying on the ground on his knee for more than eight minutes.

Floyd repeatedly said he could not breathe.

Floyd’s death relaunched the widespread Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. against racism and police violence, which spread for months around the world. Demonstrations against black people and police violence have also been opposed in demonstrations in Finland.

Professor of Law at Cornell University Valerie Hans said earlier that it should be considered that the jury should possibly include individuals who took part in the protests and who have different views on the case.

“Each of us should want a jury that represents a spectrum of opinions, perspectives, and demographic characteristics of the community,” Hans told Reuters.

Opening remarks at the trial will be heard no earlier than March 29, CNN has said earlier. The verdict is expected at the end of April.

Thousands of police and members of the National Guard have been ordered to guard the trial, according to AFP news agency. Chauvin was released from prison last October on $ 1 million bail. The amount corresponds to approximately EUR 840,000.

There are three other police officers charged who have been fired. They are accused of aiding and abetting.

The United States the House of Representatives, or House of Representatives, passed a so-called George Floyd Act last Wednesday, which aims to prevent police misconduct.

The law would ban, among other things, strangleholds, dismantle legislation to protect police officers from prosecution, and end racial and religious profiling.

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