The trial in the murder of African American George Floyd began in Minneapolis, Fox News reports.
Former police officer Derek Chauvin is charged with the murder of African American George Floyd. In May 2020, the incident caused a wide public outcry. Protests against police violence and discrimination against blacks were held in the American states.
It is noted that the process began with the traditional speech of the judge presiding over the process. Then the floor was taken by the representative of the prosecution, Attorney Jerry Blackwell, who said that he intends to prove the guilt of Chauvin.
“You will see that he (Floyd – ed.) Said he could not breathe 27 times in 4 minutes,” Blackwell said.
Then the lawyer of the ex-policeman Eric Nelson took part in the debate. He recalled the use of drugs by the victims and the strong physical resistance that Floyd showed to the police during the arrest.
“There was no evidence that death came from physical strangulation. Laboratory blood tests showed the presence of narcotic substances,” the lawyer said.
The trial may drag on for several weeks, the agency said.
The death of African-American George Floyd in May 2020 sparked riots in Minneapolis, and other US cities and beyond after a video of the arrest appeared. The footage shows how the police put Floyd on the asphalt and handcuffed him, and one of the officers pinned his neck with a knee.
In another video that appeared simultaneously, you can see that two more law enforcement officers piled on the arrested person. The detainee says several times that he cannot breathe and then loses consciousness. Floyd was taken to the hospital but soon died in intensive care.
When the story described was widespread, the city’s police leadership announced the dismissal of four officers who took part in the arrest. Among them is Darek Shoving.