It’s been days George Floyd took his last breaths with a knee on his neck. Since then, protesters have marched and clashed with police, politicians and local leaders have made promises to hurting communities and America as a whole has had to come to terms with generational inequities that have left many Black and Brown people at a disadvantage to their White counterparts.
The highly publicized trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer accused of killing Floyd, will not just determine one man’s fate — but also the future of this country and its relationship to race and equality.
Here’s everything that led up to the upcoming trial:
In the week between May 25 and June 1, 2020, a video of Floyd’s death went viral and protests erupted across the US.
As the world awaited more information regarding Floyd’s death, videos from the body cameras of the officers at the scene painted a picture of escalated panic from officers, bystanders and Floyd himself during the May 25 arrest.
Chauvin is granted bail and a judge allows him to leave the state for his safety during this period. Protesters and activists alike are angered by these developments and take to the streets again.
Will the four ex-cops be tried together? Who are the jurors? Will Chauvin face a third-degree murder charge? Officials have had to deliberate over these questions before any trial could begin.