Upcoming Trial Information: George Floyd Death Case
Four former Minneapolis police officers have been charged in the death of George Floyd and are awaiting trial.
Updated: March 1, 2021
When will the trial take place?
Currently, the trial of Derek Chauvin is scheduled to begin on March 8, 2021, with jury selection. Chauvin is the former Minneapolis police officer who had his knee on George Floyd’s neck. Jury selection could run through March 26, 2021. Opening statements and the commencement of the State's case will begin no earlier than March 29, 2021. Three other former Minneapolis police officers will be tried together, in a separate trial, beginning Aug. 23, 2021.
How long will the trial last?
We do not know how long the trial will last. At a minimum, experts anticipate the first trial could last 2-4 weeks.
Where will the trial take place?
Currently, the trial is scheduled to take place at the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, adjacent to Minneapolis City Hall and near the Federal Courthouse.
Will the trial be televised?
Yes, the judge ruled that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom.
Will there be protests?
Protests are likely to occur during the trial. Protests around racial and social justice have occurred in cities and towns across the United States, including in Minneapolis. It is important to note that most protests that took place in Minneapolis in 2020 were peaceful.
Where do protests traditionally take place?
Protests have taken place throughout the state. Frequent locations for protests in the Twin Cities include:
- Minneapolis City Hall, which is more than a half mile away from the Minneapolis Convention Center, or roughly a 15-minute walk. This is across from the Hennepin County Government Center.
- The area often referred to as “George Floyd Square” – a memorial at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue, roughly 3 miles from the courthouse.
- The state capitol and the governor’s mansion in Saint Paul.
Will there be a large police presence during the trial?
Operation Safety Net will be a coordinated effort among city, county and state law enforcement officials during the trial. For security reasons, many details will not be shared with the public.
Will the National Guard be activated during the trial?
Yes, the Minnesota National Guard will be part of a coordinated effort among city, county and state law enforcement officials during the trial.
Will streets be blocked during the trial?
Sixth Street South is closed between Third and Fourth avenues. Currently, other streets will remain open. The City will provide updates when other closures are anticipated.
Will public transit be impacted during the trial?
Metro Transit is actively working to identify and plan for potential disruptions to its service. At this time, no disruptions are planned for service to downtown Minneapolis. As the trial progresses and approaches verdict time, detours around the Hennepin County Government Center are anticipated. Those service changes will be communicated through Metro Transit rider alerts and social media, among other communications channels.
Does Minneapolis still have a police department?
Yes, the Minneapolis City Charter requires a minimum level of police staffing based on the number of residents in Minneapolis, and the 2021 city budget includes more than $171 million for the MPD. In addition, the city is investing in additional community safety initiatives. More information on “The Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis” can be found here.
Have any policing and/or public safety changes taken place since the death of George Floyd?
Yes, several policing and public safety changes have taken place. More information on “The Future of Public Safety in Minneapolis” can be found here.