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.
Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao — charged with aiding and abetting murder and manslaughter — go on trial in August.
Here’s a timeline of key events in the case.
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