Timeline: The killing of George Floyd

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 more than 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 officers involved were fired and charged.

Chauvin went on trial in the spring of 2021, and on April 20, a jury found him guilty of murder and manslaughter. He was sentenced June 25 to 22 1/2 years in prison.

Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter — go on trial in March 2022.

A federal grand jury has also indicted all four on criminal civil rights charges.

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

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