World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 30 Mar, 2021 05:45 am

Murder trial begins for former officer charged in the death of George Floyd

Murder trial begins for former officer charged in the death of George Floyd
Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face 10.5 to 15 years in prison.

The criminal trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin opened Monday, ten months after George Floyd’s death ignited an eruption of mass multi-racial demonstrations that spread to every continent.Blackwell stated Chauvin’s excessive use of force caused Floyd’s death, pointing out Floyd experienced an anoxic seizure and agonal breathing because of oxygen deprivation.” He said it was not Chauvin’s knee but a combination of drug use and preexisting health conditions that caused Floyd’s death.Nelson argued that the gathering crowd that witnessed Floyd’s death was threatening to officers, causing them to shift their attention away from Floyd’s well-being.

“You can see his foot, his toe is pointing down,” Williams said.” Williams said the only time Chauvin looked at him was when he called out that the officer was doing a blood choke.

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