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March 30, 2021  
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Here's what we're talking about on Leid Stories today (prn.fm, 1-2 p.m. EST).

>> Opening statements continue today in the explosive trial of Minneapolis ex-cop Derek Chauvin, charged with killing local resident George Floyd, 46, during a violent arrest on May 25 last year.

Chauvin is facing  manslaughter, second-degree murder, and third-degree murder charges in Floyd's death. He and three other officers responded to a call that Floyd allegedly had used a phony $20 bill to make a purchase at a local convenience store. Floyd was to be arrested and taken to the stationhouse for further questioning.

Floyd protested his innocence and put up some token resistance to being arrested. But videotape  showed Chauvin reacted forcefully, pressing his knee into Floyd's neck and choking off his air supply for more than nine minutes. Floyd went limp and was unresponsive when an ambulance arrived.

Leid Stories listeners continue with their analysis of opening statements, which are clues to how both the prosecution and defense will frame the case.

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