(CNN) –– Former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin knelt over George Floyd during 9 minutes and 29 seconds, prosecutors revealed Monday. His statement corrects the time of 8:46, which became a symbol of police brutality.
During the opening statements in Chauvin’s criminal trial, prosecutor Jerry Blackwell repeatedly emphasized the new time of 9:29. And he told jurors that they were the “three most important numbers in this case.”
Blackwell then divided the time Chauvin spent kneeling over Floyd in three: 4 minutes and 45 seconds while Floyd screamed for help, 53 seconds while Floyd was shaking due to seizures, and 3 minutes and 51 seconds when Floyd did not respond.
Chauvin’s defense accepted the new tense as accurate to support their own arguments.
“The evidence is much greater than 9 minutes and 29 seconds,” said attorney Eric Nelson in his opening. And he pointed to the numerous interviews and documents that he said would prove Chauvin not guilty.
The 43 second difference between 8:46 and 9:29 has little impact on the case itself. However, the 8:46 number took on a force of its own since Floyd died under Chauvin’s knees on May 25, 2020.
Protesters, including Democratic members of Congress, have maintained moments of silenceor for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, kneeling and “dead.” Comedian Dave Chappelle launched a special on police violence and racism against black people titled simply “8:46«. The number even has its own Wikipedia page.
And just minutes before the trial began Monday, members of Floyd’s family and allies, including the Rev. Al Sharpton and attorney Benjamin Crump, knelt at 8:46 a.m. to commemorate his death.
The Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office has now corrected that time multiple times.
The 8:46 number was initially included in a criminal complaint against Chauvin.
That number was based on a passerby video of Floyd’s death, which went viral and sparked public outrage. The video, which lasts more than 10 minutes in total, begins with Chauvin already on Floyd’s neck. So it was not immediately clear how long the agent had been on Floyd prior to the start of the video.
In June, weeks after the initial complaint, the Hennepin County Prosecutor’s Office told CNN that Chauvin actually had his knee on Floyd for 7 minutes and 46 seconds.
“These types of technical issues can be handled in future amendments to the criminal complaint if other reasons make it necessary to amend the complaint between now and any trial,” the county said in a statement. And he added that the error “made no difference” in the decision to charge the former police officer.
The body camera evidence of agents released in recent months took a time of more than 9 minutes.
CNN’s Josh Campbell, Julia Jones and Aaron Cooper contributed to this report.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism