The high profile trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd began on Monday. A jury of 14 people- 8 white and 6 Black or multiracial- is hearing the case.
The prosecution played the video which showed Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd’s neck as they presented their opening arguments. Prosecuting attorney told jurors that Chauvin held his knew for 9 minutes, 29 seconds as Floyd said 27 times that he couldn’t breathe before he died.
Supporters of Floyd kneeled outside the courthouse minutes before the trial. Floyd’s family attorney called the trial a test of ‘whether America is going to live up to he Declaration of Independence’.
George Floyd a Black man was declared dead on May 25 after Chauvin, a white cop, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes as Floyd, handcuffed, pleaded that he couldn’t breathe. A bystander video of the incident sparked global outrage against racial profiling by the police and systemic racism against African Americans in the US.