George Floyd murder trial: "America is on trial as family demands justice

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source: www.aljazeera.com

George Floyd's relatives knelt in silence for 8 minutes 46 seconds. The high-tension trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin began on Monday in Minneapolis. Nearly a year ago, the death of this African American sparked a historic wave of anger against racism in the United States and worldwide.

"The whole world is watching," Ben Crump, a lawyer for George Floyd's family, said Monday, March 29, just before pleadings began in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white police officer charged with the murder of George Floyd. 

The lawyer then knelt alongside the victim's family for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. During that time, the officer knelt on George Floyd's neck during his arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis.

"The Floyd family's lawyer said. the historical case that the United States today has launched on the path to equality and justice for all. "

It is America that is on trial," added Reverend Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist who came to Minneapolis on purpose for this "historic" hearing.

Beginning of substantive discussions

It was a famous African-American lawyer from this large city in the north of the United States, Jerry Blackwell, who opened the allegations at 9 a.m. local time (2 p.m. GMT), in a public building transformed into a confirm camp for this exceptional trial, which should last three or four weeks.

This Monday marks the start of pleadings and substantive debates. Prosecutors will show that Derek Chauvin showed contempt for the life of the black forty-something during his arrest. At the same time, his lawyer will argue that the white police officer was content to follow authorized procedures.

Darek Chauvin, including 19, including the Minneapolis police department, has been charged with murder and murder. On May 25, he knelt around nine minutes in the throat of the black fort once he cannot breathe. 

George Floyd's litigation was recorded and uploaded by a passerby. The images spread worldwide and escort crowds to New York, Seattle, Paris, or Sydney to denounce racism and police violence against minorities.

Another of his brothers, Philonise Floyd, told reporters on Sunday: "I have a big hole right now in my heart. It can't be patched up. I need justice for George. We need a conviction."