The death of this African American triggered the biggest riots in this country in five decades
- Like George Floyd Salvadoran woman dies after being subdued by police in southern Mexico
The most relevant trial in the United States in decades began today. The defendant, the police officer Derek Chauvin, could end up being sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for the death of the African American George Floyd, ten months ago, in the city of Minneapolis. Floyd’s passing, after spending 8 minutes and 46 seconds with his neck under Chauvin’s left knee, triggered the largest wave of racial violence in America since the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King 42 years earlier. In all, more than 30 people have died as a result of the riots and looting, which have caused billions of dollars in losses and were on the verge of triggering a serious political crisis when, on June 2, then-President Donald Trump, deployed the Army in the country’s capital, Washington.
All that immense media, social, racial and political burden has clouded the judgment since before it began. It is no secret that most Democrats believe that Chauvin acted out of racism, while for a considerable part of Republicans what is at stake is the ability of law enforcement agencies to fulfill their mission and ensure the public order and respect for the law.
The prosecutor’s thesis and the private accusation is simple: Floyd was murdered by Chauvin. The defense is that the death occurred to opium drugs and methamphetamine that the deceased had taken, and that they are tremendously harmful to the body, since the police did not do anything that was against the procedures of the police forces. city of Minneapolis. It must be borne in mind that in the United States the police depend fundamentally on the counties, that is, on the lowest administrative authority, and that there are hardly any law enforcement agencies at the national level. Accidental death, action “without respect for human life” or murder without premeditation? That is the answer that the trial must arrive at, the ruling of which will, in all probability, be appealed by the losing side.
But the legal arguments are one thing and the battle on the internet and in the media is quite another. Before the trial began, Floyd’s family knelt in front of the Minneapolis courthouse for 8 minutes and 46 seconds.. She did not do it alone. Also with her were the Reverend Al Sharpton, a former Democratic White House candidate in 2004 and current host of the left-wing television network MSNBC, and the attorney for the private prosecution, Ben Crump, who a few minutes earlier had stated that ” What is judged here is how far freedom and justice have come for all in this country. ” The trial will be broadcast live through the YouTube portal, which guarantees more media coverage.
The fear of a new wave of looting and demonstrations like the one that followed Floyd’s death prompted authorities to deploy 2,000 National Guard soldiers to Minneapolis, where dozens of buildings were destroyed, including, paradoxically, the one that housed the Mexican restaurant where the deceased worked.
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