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World Death of George Floyd: opening of an extraordinary trial this Monday in the United States

03:23  08 march  2021
03:23  08 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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  The Death of George Floyd 9 Months Later: How Hollywood Has Changed Forever As we celebrate Black History Month, let's take a look back at how the tragic death of George Floyd spurred a movement.Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man living in Minnesota, died after former police officer Derek Chauvin held him down by the neck with his knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds when he was arrested for suspicion of forgery outside a deli. Former police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng were also seen holding down Floyd, while former officer Tou Thao was spotted near the others in the video. Floyd heartbreakingly told officers that he couldn't breathe, and also called out for his mother in the final moments of his life.

Manifestation devant la résidence du gouverneur du Minnesota deux jours avant le début de la sélection du jury pour le procès de l'ancien policier Derek Chauvin, accusé d'avoir tué George Floyd, à St. Paul, Minnesota, le 6 mars 2021. © REUTERS - NICK PFOSI Demonstration in front of the residence of the governor of Minnesota two days before the start of the jury selection for the trial of the former policeman Derek Chauvin, accused of having killed George Floyd, in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 6, 2021.

In the United States, an extraordinary trial opens this Monday, March 8. According to the prosecution it is even "one of the most important in American history". On the dock: Derek Chauvin. The former police officer charged with the murder of African-American George Floyd. The torture of this black man during his arrest last May was filmed by a passerby. A look back at a murder that shocked the United States and sent shock waves around the world.

George Floyd Trial Judge is Taking No Chances with Protest Masks, Clothes

  George Floyd Trial Judge is Taking No Chances with Protest Masks, Clothes The judge's orders are just a few of numerous court rules he has required to maintain order during the contentious trial. Floyd's death at the hands of city police set off global racial justice protests against police brutality. The initial uprisings in Minneapolis lasted three days and resulted in a burned police precinct as well as over $350 million in damages citywide, according to Minnesota Public Radio. Various protesters at the time wore face masks and clothing bearing slogans like "I can't breathe," some of Floyd's last words, or others such as "End police brutality" or "Black Lives Matter.

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd purchases a pack of cigarettes from a tobacco shop in Minneapolis. The cashier suspects him of paying with a fake bill and calls the police.

George Floyd, who used the potent opiate fentanyl, calmly opposes the agents who want to take him on board. Very quickly, he found himself handcuffed, pinned to the ground, Derek Chauvin's right knee on his neck. The scene is filmed and broadcast live on social networks. Before dying of suffocation, the black man begs the white policeman for eight minutes and 46 seconds: "I cannot breathe".

"I can't breathe," chant hundreds of thousands of protesters across the United States s in the days and weeks following this murder. George Floyd has become the icon of the movement against systemic racism and police violence.

‘The Whole World Is Watching’: Chauvin’s Murder Trial Isn’t Just About George Floyd

  ‘The Whole World Is Watching’: Chauvin’s Murder Trial Isn’t Just About George Floyd While the world watched Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin pin George Floyd to the ground by the knee for more than eight minutes last May, Amity Dimock-Heisler was still awaiting answers about the death of her own child at the hands of Minnesota police. In August 2019, her son, Kobe Dimock-Heisler, was shot six times by two Brooklyn Park police officers responding to a “disturbance call” at his grandparents’ house. The 21-year-old, who was on the autism spectrum and had a history of mental illness, had lost his temper at a local Wendy’s, and he turned his anger on his grandfather, Erwin Heisler, once they returned home, at one point grabbing a paring knife and hammer.

"Black Lives Matter", "black lives count", also chant, and this is new, white demonstrators who join blacks in the street. They are calling not only for reforms but indeed for a rereading of the country's history. The trial of Derek Chauvin is therefore not just that of a police officer. It is that of the American police.

To read also: Video of the death of George Floyd: what the analysis of the images says

Teacher Quits Over Use of George Floyd's Name in Chemistry Quiz .
Students at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington, Virginia were asked to fill in the missing element in a sentence describing Floyd's death.Students at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program in Arlington were asked to fill in the missing chemical element in a sentence describing Floyd's death as part of an assignment in November last year, The Washington Post reported.

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