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AP reporter discusses first day of Chauvin trial

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The trial for former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin began on Monday in George Floyd's death. The Associated Press' Steve Karnowski discusses the first day of the trial. (March 29)

Video Transcript

STEVE KARNOWSKI: This was the opening day of testimony and opening statements in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who's charged in the death of George Floyd. The jurors watched attentively. It's-- you know, there were-- I mean, there wasn't a lot of emotion in any of their faces. It's kind of difficult to tell because everybody's wearing masks. But everybody watched very closely and listened very closely.

Well, the thrust of the prosecution's argument was that in this-- is that the key to the case is this whole span of a little over 9 minutes where Officer Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers pinned Floyd to the ground underneath-- with Chauvin's knee on Floyd's neck for most of that time. And they say, look, this-- though, the jury will hear that this was not how police were trained to react if this was, in fact, a homicide.

They showed the entire video. This was taken by a bystander. And it was widely streamed on Facebook and has been seen around the world by all sorts of people many times and-- including most of the jurors have seen it already, too, at least bits and pieces of it.