George Floyd murder & trial in Minneapolis (consolidated thread)

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    Battle over Floyd’s 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it’s irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin’s lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client’s actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Battle over Floyd's 2019 arrest highlights key trial issue

    A lawyer for the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck wants to bring up Floyd’s history of drug use and a previous arrest in an effort to show jurors that Floyd was partly to blame for his own death. A prosecutor says it's irrelevant and that Derek Chauvin's lawyer is trying to smear Floyd to excuse his client's actions. Chauvin is charged with murder and manslaughter. Now it’s up to Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill to decide the critical question of how much the high-profile trial will revolve around Floyd’s own actions on May ...


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    Video of Floyd arrest may appear early at ex-cop’s trial

    A former Minneapolis police officer goes on trial Monday in George Floyd’s death, and jurors may not wait long to see parts of the bystander video that caught Derek Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck, sparking waves of outrage and activism across the U.S. and beyond. Prosecutors have not said when they will play the video, but legal experts expect it to be early — maybe even in the prosecution’s opening statement — as they seek to remind jurors of what is at the heart of their case. “If you’re a prosecutor you want to start off strong. You want to ...


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    George Floyd case: Derek Chauvin trial livestream

    Onlookers grew increasingly angry as they begged Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin to take his knee off George Floyd’s neck, but Chauvin would not let up, and another officer forced back members of the crowd who tried to intervene, witnesses testified Tuesday at Chauvin’s murder trial. Witness after witness described how Chauvin was unmoved by their pleas, with the teenager who shot the harrowing video of the arrest that set off nationwide protests testifying that the officer gave the crowd a “cold” and “heartless” stare. “He didn’t care. It seemed as if he didn’t care what we were saying,” said 18-year-old ...


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    Witness describes seeing Floyd ‘slowly fade away’

    A man who was among the onlookers shouting at a Minneapolis police officer to get off George Floyd last May testified Tuesday that he called 911 after paramedics took Floyd away, “because I believed I witnessed a murder.” Donald Williams, a former wrestler who said he was trained in mixed martial arts, including chokeholds, returned to the witness stand a day after describing seeing Floyd struggle for air and his eyes roll back into his head. He said he watched Floyd “slowly fade away … like a fish in a bag.” Prosecutor Matthew Frank played back Williams’ 911 call, on ...


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    Twisting the Law

    The trial of Derek Chauvin is getting started. The press writes articles searching for ways to say something unimportant about it. On Sunday, 3/28, an article in the SF Chronicle wonders if a “snap decision” defense would work, or would the defense be better off with a “trying to do his job well” approach. Six paragraphs go by that way, without ever mentioning that Floyd had already been arrested and was in handcuffs when killed. He was killed in custody. After a decade of massive demonstrations against police brutality, they continue to kill people in custody in the open. How ...


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    EDITORIAL: Sen. Sanderson seeks greater transparency

    As the country watches the Minnesota court case unfold regarding the death of George Floyd it is worth wondering how this story might have been different had that state’s public records been open for public scrutiny. Officer Derek Chauvin, the police officer charged with the death of Mr. Floyd, had many previous disciplinary reviews that were never disclosed until after the murder charges were filed because Minnesota, like North Carolina and eight other states, keeps personnel records for public employees closed. Thanks to the leadership of N.C. Senator Norman Sanderson, (R), representing the 2nd district of Carteret, Craven and Pamlico ...


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    Under that Knee: Talking to My Students about the Derek Chauvin Trial | Opinion

    I asked my students recently, primarily students of color at the technical institute where I teach in Boston, if they knew what major trial was beginning this week. Their answer might depress another teacher, but I was not surprised. Not one of my 12 students said they were aware that the officer alleged to have killed George Floyd was standing trial this week, nor did they know in which American city the trial would take place. I will not interpret their lack of knowledge as a lack of interest. Many of my students marched in the Black Lives Matter protests ...


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    Derek Chauvin trial: Cashier who served George Floyd says he appeared 'high' shortly before arrest - watch live

    Derek Chauvin, the former police officer who kneeled on George Floyd's neck, was heard publicly defending his actions for the first time on Wednesday, saying he had to "control" the unarmed black man because he was a "sizeable guy" in bodycam footage shown at his trial. Mr Chauvin, who is on trial accused of killing Mr Floyd, told an eye witness to the incident that he restrained him during an arrest because he was "probably on something", implying the 46-year-old had taken drugs. The short clip from Mr Chauvin's own body camera - played in court on Wednesday - is ...


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    ‘Have You Watched the Derek Chauvin Trial?’: How Teachers Employ the Case

    At this point in the school year, Lacrissha Walton typically focuses her social studies lessons on the 50 U.S. states and their capitals. But last week, the Minneapolis teacher scrawled a question that had nothing to do with geography on her fourth-grade classroom’s whiteboard: “Have you watched the Derek Chauvin trial?” While the murder trial of Mr. Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with killing George Floyd, might not appear to be age-appropriate instruction for 9-year-old students, Ms. Walton said she felt compelled to use the event as a teachable moment. All of her students had seen their city ...


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    Parents in Texas Angered As Teacher Forces Students to Watch Video of George Floyd Dying for School Assignment

    There is a controversy brewing in Texas over a high school teacher having her students participate in a mock trial of the police officer who killed an unarmed Black man by kneeling on his neck for over 8 minutes and having the students view the traumatic video. According toNewsweek, the parents of high school students out of Texas are angry that a teacher at the high school inappropriately assigned them to act as jurors in the ongoing Derek Chauvin trial. The children had to view the video of George Floyd dying and the parents have stated that the teacher did ...


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    EXPLAINER: Why would an expert witness go without pay?

    Experts in medicine can command thousands of dollars when they testify in American courtrooms, but prosecutors made a point of letting jurors know that Dr. Martin Tobin was not being paid for his appearance Thursday at former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist at the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Loyola University’s medical school in Illinois, testified that George Floyd died due to a lack of oxygen from being pinned to the pavement with Chauvin’s knee on his neck. After establishing Tobin had more than 40 years of experience, prosecutor Jerry ...


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    A cop on trial for murder, and the world is watching

    As a child I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others helped shape and maintain a just society. To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who, literally, put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd. It is heartbreaking to realize that the officer stayed in that ...


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    Crime and Courts: A cop on trial for murder and the world is watching

    As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society. To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who literally put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd. It is heartbreaking to realize that the officer stayed in ...


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    Defense expert blames George Floyd's death on heart trouble

    Fowler also testified that he would classify the manner of death “undetermined,” rather than homicide, as the county's chief medical examiner ruled. He said Floyd's death had too many conflicting factors, some of which could be ruled homicide and some that could be considered accidental. Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson is trying to prove that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems. Prosecutors say Floyd died because the white officer's knee was pressed against Floyd’s neck or neck area for 9 1/2 ...


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    Diane Dimond: A cop on trial for murder and the world is watching

    As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society. To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who literally put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd. It is heartbreaking to realize that the officer stayed in ...


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    Key events since George Floyd’s arrest and death

    A timeline of key events that began with George Floyd’s arrest on May 25, 2020, by four police officers in Minneapolis: May 25 — Minneapolis police officers respond to a call shortly after 8 p.m. about a possible counterfeit $20 bill being used at a corner grocery and encounter a Black man, later identified as George Floyd, who struggles and ends up handcuffed and face down on the ground. Officer Derek Chauvin uses his knee to pin Floyd’s neck for about nine minuteswhile bystanders shout at him to stop. Bystander video shows Floyd crying “I can’t breathe” multiple times before ...


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    A Cop On Trial And The World Is Watching

    As a child, I was taught to respect authority figures. As it was explained to me, clergy, teachers, police officers and others help shape and maintain a just society. To this day, I still have a profound respect and appreciation for the 99% of law enforcement officers who literally put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe. But then there is that 9 minute 29 second video of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of the handcuffed George Floyd. It is heartbreaking to realize that the officer stayed in ...


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    Rekha Basu: At Derek Chauvin trial closing arguments, race is present, even if unmentioned

    Steve Schleicher never mentioned race. The attorney prosecuting former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd by cutting off his breath never called it a race-based assault. Not once in his summation did Schleicher, a special assistant Minnesota attorney general, point out that Floyd was a Black man, and Chauvin a white police officer. He made no reference to the multiple other recent deaths of Black men and boys at the hands — or guns — of white officers. He sidestepped the sheer mathematical probability that even a minor arrest related to a broken taillight, a joint found ...


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