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Derek Chauvin trial live: Defense attorney says case 'is not about race'; Minneapolis defends timing of $27M settlement

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MINNEAPOLIS — Faced with a parade of people who have strong opinions on the death of George Floyd, lawyers in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are struggling to identify more people who can set aside their knowledge of the case and serve as jurors.

The court did not select any jurors Tuesday amid debate between the judge, defense and prosecution about whether they could be unbiased in such a high-profile case. Wednesday, the court replaced two jurors who were cut because they said they were influenced by the city’s historic $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family.

One potential juror said Wednesday he believes Black people and minorities are not treated equally by the criminal justice system, and Minneapolis police are more likely to use force when dealing with Black people. He was cut from the jury by the defense.



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