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2 George Floyd Jurors Unseated After They Admit $27M Settlement Could Impact Impartiality

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Two seated jurors for the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, were dismissed on Wednesday after admitting that the $27 million settlement for Floyd’s family could impact their impartiality toward the case.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill recalled the seven jurors previously selected for Chauvin’s trial before the city of Minneapolis agreed to the settlement of a civil lawsuit from Floyd’s family. Two additional jurors were selected after the settlement was announced and there are no plans to recall them.

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According to the Associated Press, one of the jurors dismissed on Wednesday said he was “swayed a little bit” after seeing the settlement, while the other admitted he could no longer be impartial in the trial after learning about the settlement.

Protesters confront police outside the 3rd Police Precinct on May 27, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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The jurors’ dismissal comes less than a week after the city of Minneapolis announced the $27 million settlement with Floyd’s family. In July, Floyd’s family initially filed the civil rights lawsuit, alleging that Chauvin, along with three other former Minneapolis police officers violated Floyd’s rights during his arrest, which sparked mass protests calling for an end to police brutality against Black Americans.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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