Broadcast And Cable Networks Carry Opening Arguments In Derek Chauvin Trial

Major broadcast and cable networks carried the opening arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

Floyd’s death last spring sparked national outrage and protests, as well as a new reckoning over racial injustice.

Among the broadcast networks, CBS News started coverage at 10 AM with a special report from anchor Norah O’Donnell. ABC and NBC started broadcast coverage about 25 minutes later, as opening arguments were about to begin.

On NBC News, Lester Holt anchored, as correspondent Gabe Gutierrez, reporting from outside the Hennepin County Government Center, had to talk over the sound of a speaker on a bullhorn as well as a siren.  Gutierrez and NBC News reporter Shaq Brewster will report from Minneapolis throughout the trial.

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He was shown on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, 29 seconds. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty. Three other officers who were involved in the arrest of Floyd also have been charged, but they face a trial later this year.

Court TV and HLN are planning gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial, as well as a number of streaming sites including Law & Crime. CBSN, the CBS streaming service, will provide carriage of the trial via a stream from CBSN Minnesota. The network’s  broadcast coverage also featured Jeff Pegues, chief justice and homeland security correspondent, from washington, as well as national correspondent Jamie Yuccas in Minneapolis, legal analysts Rikki Kleiman and Joe Tamburino, and Keith Mayes, an expert on African American history at the University of Minnesota.

Other highlights of coverage: Fox News’ Martha MacCallum will anchor The Story from Minneapolis later today, as the network plans live reports throughout the week. She will be joined by Fox News contributor and civil rights attorney Leo Terrell and former Washington D.C. homicide detective Ted Williams. Mike Tobin, Matt Finn, and Jeff Paul will provide updates throughout the week from Minneapolis.

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