Derek Chauvin trial live: Opening statements to begin Monday; George Floyd's family says 'the whole world is watching'

MINNEAPOLIS – Attorneys were expected to lay out their cases Monday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged in the death of George Floyd last spring – an incident that ignited protests worldwide against police brutality and touched off a racial reckoning in the U.S.

In advance of opening statements, hundreds of people gathered at rallies and vigils Sunday to honor Floyd’s life and draw attention to the court proceedings. Monday morning, members of Floyd’s family and lawyers linked arms and knelt down in front of the courthouse in silence.

Floyd, a Black man, died in police custody on May 25, 2020, after Chauvin, who is white, pinned his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face 10½ years to 15 years in prison under sentencing guidelines for first-time offenders.

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