Opening statements begin in Derek Chauvin trial for George Floyd's death

Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin squeezed the life out of George Floyd when he arrested him last May, a prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement at Chauvin's trial on murder charges on Monday. Floyd's death ignited a global protest movement. Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.

The martyr

A view shows the raised fist sculpture at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Monday. 
 

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For Justice

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump waits to go through a gate outside the Hennepin County Government Center during the first day of the trial of former police Derek Chauvin, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

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It begins

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell makes opening arguments. 
 

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The culprit

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin listens as opening arguments commence in his trial. 
 

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Really matters

People demonstrate outside the Hennepin County Government Center during the first day of the trial.  

  

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