The case of a white former police officer accused of murdering black George Floyd in the United States is a referendum on American justice and equality. A Floyd family lawyer said this Monday, shortly before the trial in Minneapolis began. Then, the guards and next of kin knelt in front of the court and observed silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, referring to the time when the suspected officer pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck when he was arrested by Derek Zhou.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump spoke of an amazing trial: “The whole world is watching.” He said the referendum was “how far America has come in the quest for equality and justice for all.” According to him, the facts are simple: “The amount of power that killed George Floyd.”
The former police officer has been charged with “accidental” murder and murder. Floyd, 46, lost consciousness after being stabbed in the neck and did not escape arrest. The incident in May last year sparked protests against police brutality and racism in the United States and beyond.
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