WARNING: Viewers may find portions of this trial disturbing
Day 2 in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd.
Prosecutors opened their case in the murder trial against Derek Chauvin by showing jurors the disturbing video depicting the former police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
The video, lasting 9 minutes and 29 seconds, played on several screens in the courtroom, complete with audio of Floyd gasping, “I can’t breathe” 27 times and witnesses growing angry as they urged Chauvin to get off Floyd’s neck.
Chauvin, who is white, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of Floyd, a Black man.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said Chauvin “put his knees upon his (Floyd’s) neck and his back, grinding and crushing him until the very breath … until the very life was squeezed out of him.”
The case is not about the difficult “split-second decisions police must make,” Blackwell said. “There are 569 seconds, not a split-second among them.”
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