Policeman used pointless pressure on George Floyd: Officer


MINNEAPOLIS, APril 3

A Minneapolis homicide investigator testified on Friday that Derek Chauvin used “totally unnecessary” deadly force when kneeling on George Floyd’s neck during an arrest last May that sparked global protests against police brutality.

The first week of the trial has included emotional testimonies from several people who witnessed Floyd’s death.

The televised trial of Derek Chauvin, the former white police officer charged in the death of George Floyd, has provoked strong emotions among many Black men and women — all tinged with an underlying dread that it could yield yet another devastating disappointment.

For many, it has brought back memories of the disturbing video of Floyd’s last moments as he gasped for breath with Chauvin’s knee on his neck. The video galvanized protests in cities across the US and the world, as the words “Black Lives Matter” took hold. — Reuters



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