Resources for Augsburg During Police Trial

George Floyd was murdered May 25, 2020, three miles from the Augsburg campus. The trial of one of the officers involved, Derek Chauvin, is scheduled to begin March 8 and will likely be one of the most watched police trials in American history.

“We acknowledge the pain present within the Augsburg community and the fear and trauma that has been a consistent lived reality, specifically for our Black community members and also our Indigenous and other communities of color,” said Paul Pribbenow, the university’s president.

While many of us are still working to comprehend the horrifying circumstances surrounding the death of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed, several groups of faculty, staff, and students have been meeting to try to best prepare Augsburg and our community for the trial and for events that may occur around it. Additionally, the university is seeking resources that will support our community and help our community to better understand all of the various aspects of the trial.

The trial’s schedule calls for jury selection to begin March 8, and opening statements to start by March 29. The trial is expected to last several weeks, with a verdict to come in late April or May. The judge has permitted live streaming of the trial, so many will follow the developments live.

Anticipated Key Dates 

  • March 8 — Trial begins with jury selection
  • March 29 — Opening arguments
  • April or May — Closing arguments and jury deliberations
  • Late April or May — Verdict
  • May 25 — One-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder

Trial-Related Events

Protesting 101 Workshop: 5 p.m. April 22 Marshall Room and Zoom

Ongoing Events

Chapel: 10:40 a.m. Fridays – Campus Ministry, led by Pastor Babette and Pastoral Intern Jenn, holds 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence and reflection on Fridays.

Healing Our City Virtual Prayer Tent: 8 a.m. Daily

Past Events

George Floyd Update: Noon March 4 UST Panel on Upcoming Police Trial

Know Your Rights Training: 5-6:30 p.m. March 5 Legal Rights Center Online Event

Interfaith Day of Prayer for Justice for George Floyd and Black Liberation: 8 a.m.-7 p.m. March 8 – CANCELED – More information is available on the Global Day of Prayer page.

The People vs. Derek Chauvin: Rally for Justice on Trial Day 1: 8-11 a.m. March 8

Finding Inner Calm: 5:30-6:30 p.m. March 9

Ask an Attorney Lunch Session: Noon-1 p.m. March 10 Legal Rights Center Online Event

Covering the Chauvin Trial: The Roles of Journalists, PR and Communications Professionals: Noon-1:30 p.m. March 19 Minnesota Public Relations Society of America Panel Discussion

Augsburg Day Student Government Town Hall – 4:30-5:30 p.m. March 24

The People vs. Derek Chauvin: Opening Statements: 8-11 a.m. March 29

Conversations on Healing and Justice: Confronting Racial Violence in the U.S.: 10:30-11:30 a.m. April 1

Dialogue on Healing and Supportive Spaces: April 7 for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) on the Augsburg Campus – Session One: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Session Two: 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; located in Student Lounge and Marshall Room

News Coverage

Live video coverage of the trial on Facebook from MPR News

Trial coverage in the Star Tribune

Trial coverage in the New York Times

Trial coverage from BBC News

Trial-Related Resources

Resources related to the Chauvin trial from the University of St. Thomas libraries

Trial Community Support page from the Legal Rights Center

Trial Support and Safety page from the City of Minneapolis

Mental Health Resources

Center for Wellness and Counseling

Healing from Racial Trauma

Self-Care for Activists

TAO Online Skills Program

Student Resources

Department of Public Safety Campus Plan

Multicultural Student Services

Pan-Afrikan Student Union

Recent Communications