Derek Chauvin trial: Live stream, air time, jurors, opening statements, pictures and the George Floyd case verdict
“I can't breathe...” George Floyd's final words still haunt people all across the globe. On May 25, 2020, the brutal death sparked one of the largest protests the United States has seen. The 46-year-old unarmed Black man — who had lost his job at a restaurant when the coronavirus pandemic hit — died at the hands of Minneapolis police officers when one of them kneeled on his neck for over eight minutes.
The four officers involved in Floyd's unfair death were fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and charged with his murder. Of them, Derek Chauvin faces the most severe charges, which include manslaughter and second-degree murder. The other three officers are Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng. Over nine months later, the opening statements for the Derek Chauvin trial began at 9 AM local time at Hennepin County District Court.
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George Floyd's video was played at the beginning of the trial. “Derek Chauvin betrayed this badge,” prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said in his opening statement. “A small badge that carries with it a large responsibility.” If you are wondering how to watch the opening statements for “Minnesota V Derek Chauvin Trial” or live stream the “MN V Chauvin: The Death of George Floyd Murder Trial”, we have got you covered.
When does the trial begin?
The Derek Chauvin trial is expected to last Monday through Friday for two to four weeks. It will be held from 9 AM to 11 AM each day.
Where is the trial taking place?
The Derek Chauvin trial will be held at the Hennepin County District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. According to reports, law enforcement officials have set up an “Operation Safety Net” to “ensure the safety of the public” during the trial, especially during expected demonstrations.
Where to watch for free?
Court TV will provide a “gavel-to-gavel” livestream of the trial. You can follow all live updates on major TV channels like HLN, the Fox News Channel, CNN, CBS, and NBC, Fox News Digital, CBSN Minnesota, Star Tribune, ABC News Live, on their respective websites.
Where will the opening statements begin?
Court session begins at 10 AM ET and the opening statements are expected to be said at 10.30 AM ET.
Can you watch everything online?
One of the most high-profile cases, it will be available to live stream for the general audience. However, cameras will not be able to zoom in.
How to live stream?
Watch the trial live on Court TV on streaming devices from Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, and Vizio smart TVs. Not just that, Court TV is also available on streaming services from YouTube TV, Pluto TV, FreeCast, XUMO, Select TV, KlowdTV, NKT.tv, Redbox, and Local Now.
You can also stream it on CourtTV.com and on Court TV's iOS and Android apps.
If you are not based in the United States, using a VPN will help you witness it live on these streaming platforms.
Hulu+ Live TV: Get a seven-day free trial and a monthly plan costs $54.99.
YouTube TV: You can avail a five-day free trial and a monthly plan will cost you $49.99.
Fubo TV: Get a seven-day free trial and it costs $44.99 a month.
AT&T TV Now: A seven-day free trial is available and it is priced at $55 a month.
Philo TV: You can get a seven-day free trial and a monthly plan costs $20.
Who are the jurors?
Fourteen jurors, who will remain anonymous throughout the televised trial, will decide whether Chauvin should serve time in prison or be acquitted. The 15th and final juror was dismissed Monday, March 29, 2021 morning as opening statements were set to begin. The chosen ones include nine women and five men — eight of which have been reported to be White, four as Black and two as of mixed race — and are known to be in ages from the 20s to the 60s.
What are Derek Chauvin’s charges?
Chauvin has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of not more than 10 years or payment of a fine of not more than $20,000 or both. As of now, Chauvin has pleaded not guilty.
What is the George Floyd case verdict?
The verdict will be updated once it is announced over the course of two to four weeks. Watch the trial here.
Judge Peter Cahill administered an oath to the jury panel, formally swearing them in as jurors. In his opening statement, Blackwell said Minneapolis police policy requires officers to evaluate the use of force from moment to moment and that jurors would hear from a use-of-force expert that will say Chauvin used “lethal force” against Floyd, who was “defenseless, who was handcuffed, who was not resisting.”
Referring to the disturbing video, he added that Floyd begged 27 times that he couldn't breathe. Stating how Chauvin kneeled on Floyd's neck for a total of nine minutes and 29 seconds, he added Chauvin “does not let up, and he does not get up” even after he's told twice that Floyd has no pulse and after paramedics arrive with a gurney.
Here are the latest tweets on the powerful statements made at the beginning of the trial:
"Derek Chauvin betrayed this badge," prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said in his opening statement. "A small badge that carries with it a large responsibility." George Floyd verbalized that he couldn't breathe 27 times, the officer's "sunglasses undisturbed on his head."#ChauvinTrial pic.twitter.com/dukry40snf— Brendan Keefe (@BrendanKeefe) March 29, 2021
Prosecution Opening Statement In Trial Of Derek Chauvin, Charged. in The Death Of George Floydhttps://t.co/4nWovT4SJt— Cleother Griffin (@CleotherGriffin) March 29, 2021
As the prosecutor just said in his opening statement in the Derek Chauvin case: even after George Floyd becomes unconscious, defendant Chauvin, “doesn’t let up, doesn’t get up.” This is a powerful statement . . . and powerfully incriminating against Derek Chauvin. #JusticeMatters— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) March 29, 2021
This is a developing story and will be updated.