The trial in the United States of the white ex-police officer accused of murdering the black George Floyd is a referendum on American justice and equality.
A lawyer for the Floyd family said this Monday, shortly before the trial in Minneapolis started.
Then, defenders and next of kin knelt in front of the courthouse and held silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, referring to the time when suspected officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck during his arrest.
Civil rights attorney Ben Crump spoke of a groundbreaking trial: “The whole world is watching.” He called it a referendum on “how far America has come in its quest for equality and justice for all.”
According to him, the facts are simple: “What killed George Floyd was an overdose of excessive force.”
Former cop Chauvin is charged with “unintentional” murder and manslaughter. Floyd, 46, lost consciousness by the knee on his neck and did not survive the arrest. The incident in May last year sparked protests in the United States and beyond against police brutality and racism.