Members of George Floyd’s family simply knelt in front of the courthouse in Minneapolis for eight minutes and 46 seconds, the time that former police officer Derek Chauvin, now on trial for murder, has been shown to kneel on the neck of Floyd, 46, as he begged for mercy.
One of Floyd’s brothers, Terrence floydHe said: “We are going to do justice, we deserve it.”
Early today, the sister of men, Bridgett floydHe said, “I wake up every day … I’m still trying to process this” about his brother’s death last May.
Other family members were also at the meeting, as was the New York civil rights leader. Al Sharpton and family lawyer Ben crump.
Some wore face masks to prevent Covid-19 infection that had images of George Floyd’s face or, in large digits: “8:46”.
“We knelt for eight minutes and 46 seconds, and we want you to think during that time, why didn’t Chauvin raise his knee in that time?” Sharpton said.
Here’s Bridgett Floyd from earlier this month:
Proceedings are about to begin in the trial in downtown Minneapolis of former white police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with the murder of George Floyd, who was black, last May.
We will begin our live broadcast here in a few moments. The jury is expected to enter and will receive instructions from the judge on the case, Peter Cahill.
For the first time in Minnesota history, television cameras will cover the entire trial, live. The judge allowed this because access to the courtroom has been severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
We expect the opening remarks to start around 10.30am. M. ET (9.30 a.m. Local time or 3.30 p.m. GMT).
The accusation will be opened, followed by the defense.
Chauvin was fired from his job last year after Floyd’s death on May 25. He was arrested and charged with murder, initially detained and later released on bail. He has been in court since jury selection began a few weeks ago.
He and Floyd’s family are only allowed one seat each in court on any given day.
George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, previously indicated that he will be in court today.
“If George Floyd were a white American citizen, no one would say that this is a difficult case. If you can’t get justice in America for a black man for this, what can you get justice for? “
That’s what civil rights lawyer Ben crump he said earlier today. Crump is a high-profile attorney who often becomes involved when black Americans have been killed by police officers or, for example, by white agitators posing as vigilantes.
Crump predicted that Derek Chauvin’s defense team will attack George Floyd. “They are going to try to assassinate his character,” he said.
The defense has already indicated that they will try to focus the jury’s attention on the idea that George Floyd’s cause of death could have been primarily a drug overdose, along with underlying health conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.
This could be a tough sell, as both the official autopsy and an independent autopsy pointed out the other factors, but concluded that Floyd’s death was a homicide.
Crump and members of George Floyd’s family are now talking outside the courthouse in Minneapolis.
Journalist Amudalat Ajasa is there for The Guardian and we will bring you her reports here and in upcoming articles today.
Here’s the story that opens the curtain on The Guardian:
Slam dunk case against Derek Chauvin – brother Floyd
George Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd appeared live on NBC’s Today show this morning, along with civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, which represents the family.
Philonise Floyd said the family felt confident about the trial, although it is rare for a police officer who has killed a civilian to be arrested and charged, much less convicted, of murder.
“We know this is a mateBecause video is the proof, that’s all we need, ”Philonise said, using the common term basketball.
Passerby video that went viral last May shows the (now former) Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd was face down on the street during an arrest attempt.
Chauvin held the pressure for about nine minutes as Floyd first begged for his life and then passed out, his pulse fading.
“He [Chauvin] I killed my brother in broad daylight, it was a modern lynching, ”said Philonise Floyd.
The most serious charge Chauvin faces is second-degree murder, which carries a maximum prison sentence of 40 years.
The Floyd family wants the second-degree murder charge to be upheld, instead of the murder and third-degree murder charges that Chauvin is also charged with.
Floyd said that Chauvin and three officers accompanying him “were arresting people who were trying to stop him from killing George.”
The video shows bystanders begging for mercy for George Floyd to be warned.
Opening arguments due today in Derek Chauvin’s trial for the murder of George Floyd
Good morning, US Live Politics Blog Readers, There is a lot going on in Washington and on state news, watching you Georgia today and this week. And in Minneapolis, opening arguments are expected to begin this morning at Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd last May. We will have a live feed of the court proceedings and reports from the Minnesota city streets. So stay tuned.
- The trial of former white police officer Chauvin, charged with the murder of Floyd, who was Black, begins correctly today after several weeks of jury selection and legal arguments.
- It’s much more than a criminal trial or even a police brutality trial, given that Floyd’s murder re-galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement in the US and sparked a racial settling of scores in many places as they unfolded. protests around the world.
- For the first time in Minnesota legal history, the trial will be broadcast live, because access to the courtroom is severely restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will have a live broadcast today on this blog.
- Procedures begin at 9 a.m. M. Local time in the Twin Cities, at 10 a.m. M. ET / 3 p. M. GMT and after the instructions of the jury and something legal about this and that, the opening arguments are awaited, with the beginning of the prosecution.
- George Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, described his brother’s murder on television this morning as “a modern lynching“And he predicted that a murder conviction will be a”slam dunk“Due to the viewers video of Chauvin kneeling on George’s neck.
- In other news, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will offer a briefing today at 12.30pm.
- The White House team of coronavirus experts and officials will hold a live briefing at 11 a.m.
- Joe Biden yesterday warned Americans to lower their guard against the Covid-19 pandemic, as cases spike again. He said he expected to say more today after being briefed by his team of experts, led by Anthony Fauci, at 1.30 pm The president of the United States is due to comment on the vaccine distribution process soon after.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism