/ 30 March 2021

George Floyd trial up and running

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged with the murder/manslaughter of George Floyd, began in Minneapolis overnight. He was charged after kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes after the 46yo black man was arrested in May last year. The prosecution says Chauvin’s actions were directly responsible for Floyd’s deaths, and he prevented others from helping. And the Defence says it will argue that it wasn’t Chauvin’s knee but drugs and other factors that claimed Floyd’s life. The trial is due to last between 2 to 4 weeks, and Floyd’s friends and family, Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo, and Darnella Frazier – the teenager who filmed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck – are among those expected to testify.

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