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World Trial of Derek Chauvin in the United States: fear of an acquittal

11:35  09 march  2021
11:35  09 march  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Des manifestants protestent à Minneapolis en amont du procès de Derek Chauvin, le policier accusé d'avoir tué George Floyd, le 8 mars 2021. © AFP - KEREM YUCEL Demonstrators protest in Minneapolis ahead of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of having killed George Floyd, on March 8 2021.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, which opened on March 8 in Minneapolis, United States, resumes on Tuesday. Despite a damning video that has gone around the world showing this white cop suffocating George Floyd with his knee for nearly nine minutes, many in Minneapolis fear he will be acquitted.

With our special correspondent in Minneapolis, É ric de Salve

They came before the court of Minneapolis at the opening of the trial of Derek Chauvin to remember in good memory the justice in which most of these demonstrators have lost confidence.

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Michael, a mask of the Black Lives Matter movement on his face, fears an acquittal by the police officer responsible for the death of George Floyd. "I don't expect justice to be served," he said. When it comes to black people, our justice system is never consistent. In this case, Derek Chauvin will get away with it. Because that's almost always the way it is in the United States. "

For this highly sensitive trial, the court in Minneapolis where Derek Chauvin is tried has been transformed into an entrenched camp. Huge iron gates and barbed wire have been installed all around the building.

This is a very bad signal for these demonstrators, Judge Stéphanie, an anti-racist activist. “It's ridiculous,” she says. It’s unnecessary. And that's a way of making us Minneapolis people look like criminals while the criminal is whoever is in this building. It's Derek Chauvin ". The verdict is expected at the end of April. There was general agreement that an acquittal would cause the protests to return.

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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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