The trial of the former white police officer accused of killing the black George Floyd in the United States is a referendum on American justice and equality. The attorney for the Floyd family said Monday, shortly before the trial begins in Minneapolis. Then, the defenders and their relatives knelt in front of the court and stood 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence, in reference to the time suspect officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck during his arrest.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Krumb spoke of a groundbreaking trial: “The whole world is watching”. He described it as a referendum on “the extent to which America has gone in its pursuit of equality and justice for all.” According to him, the facts are simple: “What killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force.”
Former policeman Chauvin is charged with “unintentional” and manslaughter. Floyd, 46, lost consciousness with a knee on his neck and has not escaped arrest. The incident in May last year sparked protests in the United States and abroad against police brutality and racism.
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