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Derek Chauvin trial live: 7 jurors now seated as Minneapolis announces $27M settlement with George Floyd's family

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MINNEAPOLIS – Another juror found a seat Friday in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin as the city agreed to pay $27 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit with George Floyd’s family. 

Given the circumstances of Floyd’s death – a Black man dying under the knee of a white police officer – the racial makeup of the jury is a key concern. So far, five of the seven jurors selected are men. Four of the jurors identify as white, one as multiracial, one as Hispanic and one as Black, according Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the case. Six of the jurors are in their 20s or 30s,and one is in her 50s.

Chauvin’s attorneys have struck at least three jurors who are Hispanic throughout the week, something that spurred prosecutors to twice use Batson challenges. Such challenges claim that a potential juror was eliminated on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity or religion. The judge denied both challenges and rebuffed the notion that jurors were being excluded on the basis of race.



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