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Jury Selection Day 5: Motions – Change of Venue – Trial in Death of George Floyd

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Jury selection begins Monday, March 8 in the trial of Derek Chauvin, 44, the fired Minneapolis police officer charged in the alleged murder of George Floyd, 46. Judge Peter Cahill only allowed audio, not video. Join the Law&Crime Network every day for live coverage 9 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET. We’re available on these platforms.

As seen on footage, the defendant kneeled on the victim’s neck for minutes during a fateful arrest on May 25, 2020, while co-defendants Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were on the man’s back and legs. Floyd, who was handcuffed behind his back, was face down in the street, saying he could not breathe. He called out for his late mother. Angry bystanders demanded Chauvin remove the knee. Floyd became unresponsive. Authorities carried his limp body onto a stretcher.

The question before jurors is whether this constituted second-degree murder or second-degree manslaughter. Prosecutors are also fighting to reinstate a count of third-degree murder, after the Minnesota Court of Appeals overruled Cahill, the trial judge.

According to the government’s autopsy, Floyd died from cardiopulmonary arrest suffered while officers restrained him. He did have arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, and there was fentanyl in his system, as well as evidence of recent meth use, authorities said. The medical examiner determined these underlying conditions contributed to his death, but all told, this was a homicide.

Eight potential jurors are scheduled to be called a day, with four each morning, and four each afternoon. Both sides will question them one at a time. As part of the questionnaire, jurors were asked about matters including their knowledge of the case, their impression of the defendants and the victim, if they ever watched video of the fateful incident, and their history with demonstrations that happened after Floyd’s death.

Indeed, the incident tapped into a cultural fissure: the ongoing national debate over how law enforcement treats people of color, especially Black men like him.
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New Military Arms Race Between US And China Is Underway

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Rising tension surrounds a new military race between the U.S. and China. TODAY senior international correspondent Keir Simmons reports for In Depth TODAY from the U.S. base in Djibouti, where China’s only overseas military base is close by.

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Ukraine: Civilians prepare for combat as Russia and Nato hold make or break talks

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In Kiev, they have been disheartened by the language coming out of talks between Nato and Russia about Ukraine today.

The head of Nato has warned of the risk of armed conflict in Europe.

The Russian deputy foreign minister has said Moscow was prepared to resort to military means if the politics fail.

Russia wants reassurances Nato will not take on Ukraine as a member.

Nato wants reassurances that the 100,000 Russian troops currently stationed on the eastern border of this country will not invade.

Neither side is budging. But in Kiev, conflict with the giant neighbour to the east doesn’t feel like a hypothetical future threat – but like a daily reality.

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Can low-polling Biden energize his base ahead of the 2022 midterms?

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Fox News contributor Richard Fowler and Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell discusses Biden’s polling numbers as the U.S. sees rising inflation and whether the president can energize the Democratic Party.

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