Derek Chauvin Trial for the Murder of George Floyd: Live Stream

April 1, 2021

Friday, April 2 stream of Day 5 of the trial, above. Day 5 of trial adjourned at 12:40pm until Monday, April 5. PBS NewsHour will provide live streaming feed of the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

See streams and reports for Week 2 of Derek Chauvin trial, starting April 5.

Opening statements began Monday, March 29, 2021, in the trial of Derek Chauvin. He is the former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd on May 25, 2020, while on duty in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The trial is taking place in Minneapolis (CDT), which is one hour behind ET.

8:30-9:30 a.m. ET daily: Lawyers can address legal questions with the trial judge.

10:30 a.m. ET daily: Trial with jury expected to begin.

The key questions at trial will be whether Chauvin caused Floyd’s death and whether his actions were reasonable.

From the PBS NewsHour site, giving background for today’s trial opening: For the unintentional second-degree murder charge, prosecutors have to prove Chauvin’s conduct was a “substantial causal factor” in Floyd’s death, and that Chauvin was committing felony assault at the time. For third-degree murder, they must prove that Chauvin’s actions caused Floyd’s death, and were reckless and without regard for human life. The manslaughter charge requires proof that Chauvin caused Floyd’s death through negligence that created an unreasonable risk.

See streams or evening reports by PBS News Hour on days of the trial, below. PBS NewsHour is broadcast weeknights at 7 p.m. and weekends at 6 p.m. and streams live.

Day 1 of Derek Chauvin Trial: PBS NewsHour Report

Opening statements for the prosecution included viewing nearly nine and a half minutes of cell phone footage showing George Floyd prone on the ground, with Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck. Lawyers for the defense made a case that drugs and health problems caused Floyd’s death. Witnesses called were Jena Scurry, a 911 dispatcher; Alisha Oyler, who saw Floyd’s arrest from her workplace; and Donald Williams, professional fighter with experience in security, a witness on the street who repeatedly asked Chauvin to release Floyd’s neck.

Day 2 of Derek Chauvin Trial: PBS NewsHour Report


Eyewitness testimony on Day 2 included Darnella Frazier, 18, who filmed the now viral cell phone video of George Floyd being held on the ground. After Frazier testified, her nine-year-old cousin Judeah Reynolds took the witness stand; neither were shown on camera due to their ages. Other eyewitnesses included Genevieve Hansen, a firefighter and emergency medical technician, and Donald Williams.

Day 3 of Derek Chauvin Trial: Archived Stream

Unedited feed of Day 3 of the Derek Chauvin trial, during which footage was shown from body cameras worn by police officers on the scene of George Floyd’s arrest.

Day 4 of Derek Chauvin Trial: PBS NewsHour Report


Prosecutors continued to lay out their case on day four of the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Jurors heard from Floyd’s girlfriend about his life and struggles, the two paramedics who arrived at the scene of his death, and Derek Chauvin’s former supervisory sergeant, Sgt David Pleoger.

Day 4 of Derek Chauvin Trial: Archived Stream

Due to the disturbing footage of some video played during the trial and precautions for youth viewing, some YouTube streams are limited to the YouTube platform. See Day 4 stream on PBS NewsHour YouTube channel.

Day 5 of Derek Chauvin Trial: Archived Stream