Derek Chauvin Trial—Timeline of Events Since George Floyd's Death

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin stands trial today, for charges of second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter, over the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

Black Lives Matter protests were revived after Chauvin, a 45-year-old white man, was filmed kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old Floyd, a Black man. Then a police officer, Chauvin kept his knee pressed for around eight minutes as Floyd repeatedly stated he could not breathe, later dying in police custody.

As the court session is underway, here is a timeline of notable events that have transpired since Floyd's death:

May 29, 2020: Chauvin is arrested and charged with murder

Days after the harrowing incident was seen around the world, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin, along with three other police officers who were present during the incident, had been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department the day after Floyd's death.

June 1, 2020: Two autopsy reports declare homicide, split on cause

In its report, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner ruled Floyd's death a homicide, concluding the cause to be "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression"—meaning he died from heart failure. The report also noted arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine use as underlying causes in Floyd's death.

A separate autopsy performed by independent experts hired by Floyd's family determined his cause of death to be "asphyxiation from sustained pressure" on his neck and back.

June 3, 2020: Charges against Chauvin include second-degree murder, other officers charged

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, the case's lead prosecutor, amended the charges against Chauvin to include second degree felony murder, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years. The three other officers—Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane—were arrested and charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

June 4, 2020: Rookie officers cast blame on Chauvin during trial

According to a report by the Star Tribune, attorneys for Lane and Kueng argued against their clients' charges by saying Chauvin, a veteran police officer, ignored pleas by his junior counterparts to change course during the encounter with Floyd.

"What is my client supposed to do but follow what the [senior] officer says?" argued Lane's attorney. "What was [Lane] supposed to do ... go up to Mr. Chauvin and grab him and throw him off?"

"At all times Mr. Kueng and Mr. Lane turned their attention to that 19-year veteran," Kueng's attorney said, referring to Chauvin. "[Kueng] was trying—they were trying to communicate that this situation needs to change direction."

August 28, 2020: Minnesota prosecutors seek stiffer sentences against officers

Ellison filed motions asking for "upward departure" in the sentencing guidelines; meaning he requested the judge consider a greater sentence against the four officers than what the guideline range provides. KARE 11 reported that prosecutors stated Chauvin abused his position of authority, committed the act with the three other officers, and did so in the presence of children.

October 7, 2020: Chauvin is released from jail

Chauvin was released from jail after posting a $1 million bond. By that time, Lane, Kueng and Thao had been separately released after posting $750,000 bail each for their release.

March 11, 2021: Third-degree murder charge against Chauvin reinstated after dismissal

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill reinstated the third-degree murder charge against Chauvin after the Minnesota Court of Appeals called for him to reconsider his decision to dismiss it in October.

March 23, 2021: Final juror selected for Chauvin trial

The final panelist of the trial's 15-person jury was selected. According to the Associated Press, twelve jurors and two alternates will be hearing the evidence, while the 15th person was chosen in case a member of the jury will be unavailable for opening statements. According to the AP, the panel includes six men and nine women. Nine are white, four are Black and two are multiracial.

March 29, 2021: The trial of Derek Chauvin begins

Chauvin's trial has begun at 10 a.m. ET. For the first time in Minnesota, a judge has permitted the filming of a full criminal trial. Court TV was granted access and will share footage with media outlets. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the court will only allow one member of George Floyd's family to attend the trial at a time.

Protesters honor George Floyd
Demonstrators hold signs honoring George Floyd as they gather during a protest outside Hennepin County Government Center on March 28, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. KEREM YUCEL/AFP via Getty Images