EXPLAINER: Why battle over a murder charge in Floyd's death
March 7, 2021
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jury selection in the trial of a former Minneapolis officer accused in the death of George Floyd was put on hold Monday while an appeals court considers whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against him.
Derek Chauvin is already facing a second-degree unintentional murder charge and a manslaughter charge. He has pleaded not guilty.
Floyd, who was Black, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee on Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed on the ground, pleading that he couldn't breathe. Floyd's death sparked months of mass protests nationwide o...