Timeline: The killing of George Floyd and trial of Derek Chauvin

A man stands with his arm around his son in front of a mural.
Gage Lockhart puts his arm around his son Angelo while visiting the memorial for George Floyd in south Minneapolis June 12, 2020.
Evan Frost | MPR News 2020

George Floyd was killed in south Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. He died after being held on the ground by Minneapolis police officers, including one officer — Derek Chauvin — who knelt on his neck for about nine minutes. 

Floyd’s killing set off mass protests in Minnesota and across the country over the treatment of Black people by police. It also set off rioting, looting and arsons in the Twin Cities that damaged hundreds of buildings and led the governor to deploy the National Guard. 

The four former officers charged in Floyd’s killing are currently scheduled for two separate trials. Jury selection in Chauvin's case began March 9; he faces second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter — go on trial in August.

Here’s a timeline of key events in the case.


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