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Prospective jurors in the George Floyd slay case are being asked whether they watched video of his death, participated in related protests and were ever trained in chokeholds.
The jury questionnaire was recently mailed to residents of Hennepin County in Minnesota, Minn., where the 46-year-old handcuffed black dad died gasping for breath in May as white cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, TMZ reported Tuesday.
Four cops, including three accused of aiding and abetting Chauvin, are being put on trial over the horrific incident — which was caught on tape and triggered worldwide protests and vows of widespread US police reform.
According to the questionnaire, which was obtained by the Web site, potential jurors are being asked such things as:
- “Have you ever watched video of George Floyd’s death on the news or the Internet? If yes, how many times?”
- “Did you, or someone close to you, participate in any of the demonstrations or marches against police brutality that took place in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death?”
- “If you participated [in protests], did you carry a sign? What did it say?”
- “Have you ever been trained on how to restrain someone or use a chokehold?”
- “How favorable or unfavorable are you about Black Lives Matter?”
- “How favorable or unfavorable are you about Blue Lives Matter?”
- “Have you ever personally seen the police use more force than was needed?”
Jury selection is set to begin March 8 and last about two weeks, the document said.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder and second-degree manslaughter, while the other officers face the lesser raps.
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