1. Various, George Floyd supporters rallying outside courthouse
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Ben Crump, attorney for George Floyd's family:
"George Floyd galvanized cities all across America and all across the world when that video, that video of torture was viewed millions and millions of times."
3. Wide of Floyd supporters
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Philonise Floyd, George Floyd's brother:
"The shade of your skin shouldn't be a death sentence."
5. Wide of Al Sharpton, Floyd's attorneys and family kneeling
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Al Sharpton, civil rights activist:
"Chauvin is in the courtroom, but America is on trial. America is on trial to see if we have gotten to the place where we can hold police accountable if they break the law. And that's what's going on in this courtroom. And that's why we're here."
7. Various of Sharpton, Floyd's attorneys and family kneeling
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Al Sharpton, civil rights activist:
"With that taking of the knee, the family goes into this court seeking justice for all of America."
9. Various of Floyd's family, attorneys entering courthouse
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The trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd's death is underway.
The judge briefed the jurors Monday in the case that sparked waves of outrage across the U.S. and beyond after bystander video showed white officer Derek Chauvin press his knee to Floyd's neck for about nine minutes.
Prosecutors played the video to the jury early on to remind jurors of what is at the heart of their case.
The video posted to Facebook soon after Floyd's arrest by a bystander shows Chauvin pinning Floyd at the officers' squad car and ignoring onlooker shouts to get off him.
Chauvin's trial Monday began Monday with prosecutor Jerry Blackwell telling jurors that Chauvin "didn't let up, he didn't get up" even after Floyd said 27 times that he couldn't breathe and went motionless.
He said Chauvin also pointed Mace at a first responder who wanted to help Floyd. The widely seen video sparked waves of outrage across the U.S. and beyond.
Floyd family attorney Ben Crump said outside the courthouse ahead of opening statements that the trial would be a test of "whether America is going to live up to the Declaration of Independence."
Supporters of Floyd kneeled outside the courthouse in the minutes before Chauvin's trial began.
"Chauvin had George Floyd down, it had to be intentional. That's the case we made," civil rights leader Al Sharpton said. "With that taking of the knee, the family goes into this court seeking justice for all of America."
About dozen people chanted and carried signs in the middle of the street outside the courthouse entrance as Crump, Sharpton and members of the Floyd family passed by on their way inside.
The group also carried a makeshift coffin, on top of which they placed flowers.
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