MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A timeline of key events beginning with the arrest of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by four police officers in Minneapolis:
May 25, 2020 — Agents respond shortly after 8 p.m. to a call about a possible counterfeit $20 bill used at a corner store and a black man, later identified as George Floyd, who struggles and handcuffs and lands face down on the ground. Officer Derek Chauvin presses his knee into Floyd’s neck for… 9 1/2 minute while bystanders yell at him to stop. Video shows Floyd repeatedly crying “I can’t breathe” before going limp. He was pronounced dead in a hospital.
May 26 – Police release a statement saying that Floyd died following a “medical incident,” and that he was physically resisting and appeared to be in medical distress. Minutes later, video of bystanders is put online. Police are releasing another statement saying the FBI will assist with the investigation. Chauvin and three other officers – Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao – are fired. Protests begin.
May 27 — Mayor Jacob Frey calls for criminal prosecution against Chauvin. Protests spark unrest in Minneapolis and other cities.
May 28 — Governor Tim Walz activates the Minnesota National Guard. Law enforcement exit the 3rd Precinct station as protesters overtake it and set it on fire.
May 29 — Chauvin being arrested and charged with second-degree manslaughter and manslaughter. President Donald Trump tweets about “thugs” in Minneapolis protests, warning: “When the looting begins, the shooting begins.” Protests are turning violent again in Minneapolis and elsewhere.
May 30 – Trump tries to reverse his tweet. protests continue nationwide.
May 31 – Walz says Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead the prosecution over Floyd’s death. The protests continue.
June 1 – The coroner finds that Floyd’s heart stopped when police held him and squeezed his neck, noting that Floyd had existing health problems and listing the use of fentanyl and methamphetamine as “other major ailments”.
June 2 — Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights launches a civil rights investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.
June 3 — Ellison files a more serious second-degree murder charge against Chauvin and accuses the other three officers of complicity in both murder and manslaughter.
June 4 — A funeral because Floyd is being held in Minneapolis.
June 5 – Minneapolis bans police chokeholds, the first of many changes, including a review of police force use policies.
June 6 – Massive, peaceful protests take place across the country to demand police reform. Services are held for Floyd in Raeford, North Carolina, near his hometown.
June 7 — A majority of Minneapolis city councilors say they support dismantling the police force. The idea later falters, but leads to a national debate about police reform.
June 8—Thousands pay their respects to Floyd in Houston, where he grew up. He is buried the next day.
June 10 — Floyd’s brother testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Police Accountability.
June 16 – Trump signs an executive order to encourage better police practices and establish a database to track down officers with excessive force complaints.
July 15 — Floyd’s family continues Minneapolis and the four former officers.
July 21 – The Minnesota legislature passes a wide range of police responsibility measures, including bans on neck shackles, chokeholds, and so-called warrior-style training.
October 7 — Chauvin places a $1 million bond and is released from state prison, leading to more protests.
November 5 — Judge Peter Cahill rejects defense requests to move the officers’ state trials.
January 12, 2021 – Cahill Chauvin’s rules will only be tried due to capacity issues in court.
March 9 – Interrogation of potential jurors in Chauvin’s state trial begins.
12 March – Minneapolis Agrees to Pay $27 Million Settlement to the Floyd family.
March 19—Judge refuses to postpone or move Chauvin’s trial over concerns that the settlement could affect the jury pool.
29 March – Opening statements are given.
April 11 — Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, is shot dead by a white police officer during a traffic stop in a suburb of Brooklyn Center, sparking more protests.
April 12—Judge rejects a request Chauvin to seclude jury over Wright’s death.
April 19 — Final arguments. Jury begins deliberations.
20th of April — Jury sentences Chauvin to murder and manslaughter charges.
April 21 — Federal Ministry of Justice opens far-reaching investigation into police practices in Minneapolis.
May 7 — Federal grand jury indicts Chauvin, Lane, Kueng and Thao. at about civil rights.
May 25 – A street festival, musical performances and moments of silence are held in Minneapolis and elsewhere to highlight the anniversary of Floyd’s death. Family members of Floyd meet with President Joe Biden in Washington to discuss police reforms.
June 25 — Cahill sentences Chauvin to 22 1/2 years in prisonafter agreeing with prosecutors that aggravating factors justified more than the 12 1/2 year sentence prescribed under state guidelines.
November 2 — Voters in Minneapolis reject a proposal to replace the city’s police force with a new public safety department.
December 15 — Chauvin pleads guilty to federal charges of violating Floyd’s civil rights. He is later sentenced to 21 years in federal prison and will serve his state and federal sentences simultaneously.
February 24 — Thao, Kueng, and Lane have been convicted on federal charges. All three were found guilty of depriving Floyd of his right to medical care, and Thao and Kueng were convicted of failing to intervene to stop Chauvin. Lane is later sentenced to 2 1/2 years in federal prison, Kueng to three years and Thao to 3 1/2 years.
March 31 — An external assessment commissioned by the Department of Public Safety finds several issues with Minnesota’s response to civil unrest after Floyd’s murder, including a lack of clear leadership. A separate report issued weeks earlier by risk management company Hillard Heintze also describes a breakdown in communication between government agencies.
April 27—A state investigation by the Minnesota Department of Human Rights finds the Minneapolis Police Engage in a Pattern of Racial Discrimination. A federal investigation of the department continues.
May 18 — Lane pleads guilty to one state count of complicity in manslaughter, avert a process. He is later sentenced to three years, to be served concurrently with his federal sentence.
May 25 – On the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s murder, the intersection where he was killed is renamed ” George Perry Floyd SquareSeparately, Biden signs executive order to improve police accountability.
October 24 – Jury selection begins state trial of Kueng and Thao on charges of complicity in murder and manslaughter.
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