George Floyd was murdered May 25, 2020, three miles from the Augsburg campus. The trial of one of the officers involved, Derek Chauvin, began March 8 and was 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 met to try to best prepare Augsburg and our community for the trial and for events around it. Additionally, the university sought resources to support our community and help our community to better understand all of the various aspects of the trial.
The trial’s schedule called for jury selection to begin March 8, and opening statements to start by March 29.
The jury delivered its verdict April 20: guilty on all three counts.
Anticipated Key Dates
- March 8 — Trial begins with jury selection
- March 29 — Opening arguments
- April or May — Closing arguments and jury deliberations
- April 20 — Verdict
- May 25 — One-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder
- May or June — Sentencing
- August — Trial of other three officers
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.
Canceled- Protesting 101 Workshop: 5 p.m. April 22 Marshall Room and Zoom
The workshop was canceled because of suspended operations Thursday, 4/22. If you have questions or would like resources regarding this topic, please contact Cruz Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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
Explanation of Charges from UST Panel
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 President Pribbenow: The outcome of the Chauvin trial (April 20)
- Email From President Pribbenow: No classes/suspended operations Thursday, April 22 (April 20)
- 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)