In the US the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin is set to begin, in what has been described as a case that will put “America on trial.”

Chauvin is charged with the murder of George Floyd, who died last year after Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes.

His death sparked 2020’s Black Lives Matter protests which spread to dozens of countries around the world during the pandemic.

Mr Floyd’s family and supporters gathered and knelt outside the courthouse in Minneapolis on Monday morning.

Protestors also held signs saying “Chauvin can you breathe?” and “Minneapolis will never forget George Floyd.”

Addressing the crowd gathered outside the courthouse, civils rights campaigner Al Sharpton said America was “on trial to see if we have gotten to the place where we can hold police accountable if they break the law.”

The most serious charge Chauvin faces is second degree murder, which carries a maximum prison term of 40 years.