7th juror chosen; $27M lawsuit settled

MINNEAPOLIS – Jury selection in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin continued Friday as the city agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit with George Floyd’s family.

So far, five of the seven jurors selected are men. At least three of the jurors identify as white, one as multiracial, one as Hispanic and one as Black, according Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the case. Six of the jurors were in their 20s or 30s, but the race and age of the seventh juror seated was not immediately clear.

Chauvin’s attorneys have struck at least three jurors who are Hispanic throughout the week, something that spurred prosecutors to twice use Batson challenges. Such challenges claim that a potential juror was eliminated on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity or religion. The judge denied both challenges and denied there was any pattern of striking potential jurors on the basis of race.

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