The trial for the murder of George Floyd, this African-American whose tortures and last breaths were videotaped and shared around the world, opened Monday with a plea from the defense of the police officer wanting to minimize the ‘case.
The case of the murder of George Floyd which shook the United States resurfaces still open wounds of endemic and institutionalized racism and police violence. Democratic President Joe Biden “will follow with attention, like all Americans” the progress of this trial, said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
But the outcome of the hearings is almost already known in advance given that the murder was renewed in manslaughter and the main accused, the white policeman Derek Chauvin who leaned with all his weight on the neck of the victim during 8 minutes and 46 seconds until he died was released on bail.
While prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, accused the white policeman of having used “excessive and unreasonable use of force” against the victim and of having “betrayed” his police oath, the defense of the accused considered that “He did exactly what he was trained to do in his 19-year career” and called to acquit it.
His heart stopped “because of hypertension, coronary heart disease, ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl”, an opium derivative, again launched the lawyer for the police officer trying to exonerate his client.
The prosecutor made a point of qualifying that this trial is “not the trial of the police or police methods”, but that of a single man, the one who remained kneeling on the neck of this African-American forty-something in May 2020 in Minneapolis.
The police “do a difficult job and sometimes have to make decisions in a fraction of a second” but, he explained, “this is not the case here”, the murder scene lasted “479 seconds”, he said. he hammered.
In addition, the victim was far from recalcitrant and let himself be taken by Dereck Chauvin who, despite the calls and complaints of the victim who said: “I can’t breathe” continued to press his knee to his neck.
Lawyer Ben Crump, an expert on police violence against African Americans, family members of George Floyd and anti-racism figure Reverend Sharpton, observed 8 minutes and 46 seconds of silence to make think about what this duration represents and this weight on the back of a man’s neck.
“We are down on one knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds and we want you to think during that time about why Chauvin did not take his knee off,” Rev. Al Sharpton told reporters and the public. .
And while several of the people changed their knees during these almost 9 minutes, the reverent questioned them to demonstrate the determination of the policeman to take the life of Georges Floyd. “You are already tired! He said after two minutes. “Think about it, we are not even halfway and you are ready to get up.”