Start of former Minneapolis cop's trial marked with demonstration in Chicago


(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — About 100 protesters marched through Chicago’s Loop Monday night as the trial got underway in Minneapolis for the white former police officer blamed in the death of an African-American man, George Floyd.

Demonstrators here chanted, “Abolish the police,” and carried signs advocating for the direct civilian control of the city’s police department.

Derek Chauvin’s knee-on-neck restraint of Floyd on May 25, 2020 resulted in Floyd’s death, and the video of the killing triggered racial-justice protests and violence in U.S. cities, including Chicago.

Chauvin, one of four offices facing prosecution, faces charges of second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter. The judge overseeing the jury trial currently is deciding whether to reinstate an additional charge, third-degree murder.