Derek Chauvin Trial Moves Forward, Video of George Floyd's Final Moments to Be Played
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who is charged with George Floyd's death, moves forward with opening arguments on Monday.
Chauvin was fired from the force, together with three other police officers, for killing George Floyd, a Black man. His arrest and death were captured on a video by a bystander. It sparked a series of protests against racial injustice across the country.
The jury is composed of nine women and six men. Out of the jurors' total number, nine were identified as white, four as Black, and two mixed race with ages ranging from the 20s to 60s.
Derek Chauvin's Case
Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder, second-degree unintentional murder, and second-degree manslaughter charges. The long-awaited trial is seen to be broadcasted live and could last for several weeks.
The three other involved former officers, namely Thou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng, face charges of aiding and abetting the second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The three will be tried at a later time.
Many witnesses are seen to testify in the case, including Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo, the county medical examiner, Dr. Andrew Baker, and Darnella Frazier, who has recorded on her phone Derek Chauvin fatally kneeling on Floyd's neck.
Meanwhile, activists and experts shared their views on the trial case. Oluchi Omeoga, a Minneapolis-based activist with the Black Visions Collective, said that Derek Chauvin's arrest was "100 percent performative," Time reported.
"There was a lot of external pressure... I thought it was more symbolic than anything else. Changes come from completely changing the system," Omeoga said in the report.
Daniel Nagin, a public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon, noted that our society leans to be more sympathetic to the police. Nagin said that part of that sympathy comes from the police having a very dangerous job.
The public has been banned from attending the trial due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. George Floyd's family lawyer, Ben Crump, said he hoped that the jury would deliver a just verdict.
"We all saw the same thing -- the indisputable and unjustified torture and murder by a police officer of a Black man who was handcuffed, restrained and posed no harm," Crump said as reported by AFP News.
George Floyd's Arrest Video
The video of George Floyd's arrest is expected to be played early in the trial, according to legal experts. They added that it might even be part of the prosecution's opening statement as they remind jurors what is at the core of their case.
Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor and managing director of Berkeley Research Group in Chicago, said that you would want to start strong and frame the argument if you are a prosecutor.
Cramer said nothing frames the argument in this case as much as that video, Associated Press reported. Many of the jurors said the video somewhat gave them a negative impression of Derek Chauvin. But they pledged to set their opinions aside.
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