UPDATE (11:47 a.m.): Potential juror No. 26 is excused from the case.
The potential juror was a man who has lived in Minneapolis for more than 10 years. He spoke with an accent and is the father of three children. In the questionnaire, he said that the case became personal to him following the protests and destruction in the city. He said he took his wife and one of his daughters to 38th and Chicago, where George Floyd was arrested. He posted photos of the visit to social media and told the court he donated to clean-up/relief efforts.
Also in the questionnaire, the man wrote that he had a “somewhat negative” impression of Derek Chauvin. He also wrote that he had a favorable impression of Black Lives Matter, but believed that all lives matter and that politicians took advantage of Black Lives Matter for their own agendas. He said he’s never heard the phrase “Blue Lives Matter.”
When asked if he thought justice in this case could result in a not-guilty verdict, he said yes.
UPDATE: (11:02 a.m.): Prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin trial strike potential juror No. 23 from the jury.
The potential juror was a woman in her 60s who had lived in Minneapolis for 25 years. She works in marketing and was originally from western Minnesota. She has a relative who is a sheriff’s deputy and a brother who works as a court administrator.
When asked about the protests in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death, she said that they turned into riots and “painted Minneapolis in a poor light.” She said that she has never participated in a protest in her life.
When asked about Black Lives Matter and Blues Lives Matter, she said that she wished the slogans were changed to “All Lives Matter.”
UPDATE (9:52 a.m.): A fourth juror is seated in the Derek Chauvin trial.
The juror is a white man in his late 30s/early 40s from central Minnesota who works in sales. When questioned Wednesday morning, he told the attorneys that he has a cousin who was a police officer and that he knows a scientist who works for the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
When asked if he thought a police officer was more likely to tell the truth than a bystander, he said yes, but qualified it by adding that police officers can also lie. He said he’s seen questionable use of police force on the reality TV show “Cops.”
In answering the 16-page questionnaire, the juror had a favorable response to the Black Lives Matter movement and a negative response to the Blue Lives Matter movement. He said that he is a Vikings season ticket holder and believes athletes should be able to protest during games.
The juror has an upcoming wedding planned for May 1. However, he said he’d make other plans in order to serve on the jury. “If we have to pivot, we have to pivot,” he said.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Jury selection in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is accused of killing George Floyd, resumes Wednesday morning.
Three jurors were chosen Tuesday, the first full day of jury selection.
WATCH LIVE: Follow jury selection on CBSN Minnesota.
The first juror seated was a white Jewish chemist in his 20s or 30s. The defense team asked him several different ways how he handles disputes, and he was adamant that he can distinguish facts from opinions.
The second juror selected was a woman, described by the pool reporter as a person of color, in her 20s or 30s. Her uncle is a police officer and she is originally from northern Minnesota. She was enthusiastic to be on the jury.
The third juror seated was a white man, an auditor and is in his 30s.
Attorneys still need to pick 11 more people: nine seats on the jury, and two alternates.
Meanwhile, a decision from the Minnesota Court of Appeals could halt the proceedings at any moment. Prosecutors called on the appellate court Monday to pause the trial as a review concerning a third-degree murder charge in the case makes its way through the courts.
According to experts, a third-degree murder charge could make it easier for prosecutors to land a conviction.
Chauvin is currently facing charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. He pleaded not guilty to both charges.
Three other former Minneapolis police officers are also charged in Floyd’s death with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter. Their trial is slated for later this summer.
Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after being arrested outside a south Minneapolis convenience store. Bystander video of the arrest showed Chauvin, who is white, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes while Floyd was handcuffed, repeatedly saying he couldn’t breathe.
Floyd’s death led to protests and riots in the Twin Cities, as well as to a national reckoning on racial inequities and policing.
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Source: CBS Minnesota