Gallery: Day 1 of the Derek Chauvin trial

James McCaskel chants at the front of the march near Hennepin County Government Center on the first day of the trial of Derek Chauvin Monday, March 8, 2021. Nicole Neri/Minnesota Reformer.

For months Minnesotans have anticipated the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd.

Floyd’s death set off a wave of unrest both here and across the country. On the day the trial was to begin, about 1,000 demonstrators marched, while the area around where Floyd was killed in south Minneapolis was quiet. Jury selection was delayed.