In Minnesota, a judge has reinstated third-degree murder charges against Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes last May. Jurors will also have the option to convict Chauvin on second-degree murder or manslaughter charges. Of the six jurors selected in Chauvin’s trial so far, three are white men, and one is Black. Civil rights attorney and activist Nekima Levy Armstrong said in response, “We need people who have a history of understanding … the context of what’s happening in this country, and how what happened to George Floyd is a perpetuation of the lynchings Black people experienced, time and time again.” Click here to see our full interview with Nekima Levy Armstrong.
Meanwhile, Judge Peter Cahill has also said he won’t allow “character evidence” of George Floyd during the trial, such as describing Floyd as a peaceful person or referring to him as a “gentle giant” — as he was known to friends and family.