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
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.
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.
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
Live video coverage of the trial on Facebook from MPR News
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
- Email From the Dean of Students: Your wellbeing and mental health (April 14)
- Email From the Director of Public Safety: Department of Public Safety Campus Plan for State vs. Derek Chauvin Trial (March 26)
- Email From the VP for Equity and Inclusion: In Solidarity With Our Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Communities (March 18)
- Email to Students From the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Dean of Students: Preparing for the Chauvin Trail (March 4)