Prosecutors Say Chauvin ‘Betrayed His Badge’ While Using Excessive Force on Floyd

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A former Minneapolis police officer went on trial Monday in the death of George Floyd, which sparked outrage across the U.S. and beyond after bystander video showed Derek Chauvin press his knee on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes as the Black man went limp.

The judge began by instructing the jury about its duties and about courtroom procedures ahead of opening statements.

Prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell began the opening statement.

Blackwell told jurors that Chauvin held his knee against Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds and “he didn’t let up, he didn’t get up” even as Floyd said 27 times that he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.

Blackwell said Chauvin betrayed his badge when he used excessive and unreasonable force on Floyd.

A jury of 14 people will hear the case — eight who are white and six who are Black or multiracial, according to the court. Two of the 14 will be alternates. The judge has not said which ones will be alternates and which ones will deliberate the case.

Legal experts said they expected prosecutors to play the video to the jury early on.

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