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Derek Chauvin had a responsibility to re-evaluate pressing his knee into George Floyd's neck during their fatal encounter as the health of the 46-year old Black man was clearly "deteriorating," an expert testified Wednesday as the former police officer's murder trial continued in Minneapolis. Jody Stiger, a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant, serving as a paid prosecution witness as a use-of-force expert, appeared for his second day of testimony at Chauvin's trial. Stiger had testified the day before that the pressure being exerted on Floyd was excessive, and could cause positional asphyxia and lead to death.
LOS ANGELES — In the opening moments of the Oscars, a time that in more normal years is filled with monologue jokes and lighthearted musical moments, Regina King spoke of suffering and racial injustice. She was one of several people during Sunday's telecast who made it clear this was not a normal year.
"We are mourning the loss of so many, and I have to be honest, if things had gone differently this past week in Minneapolis, I might have traded in my heels for marching boots," the Oscar-winning actor and “One Night in Miami” director said in her role as de facto host to open the show.
Stan Van Gundy on Derek Chauvin ruling: ‘Justice was done, but it’s hard to celebrate’
The news of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict on all counts gave the NBA community some pause as many coaches reacted including Stan Van Gundy.A handful of NBA players and coaches spent the past year speaking out on systemic racism both with words and actions. So, Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash saw the potentially positive significance that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty for second-degree and third-degree murder, as well as second-degree manslaughter for the killing of George Floyd.
In addition to her reaction to the guilty verdict at Derek Chauvin's trial in the killing of George Floyd, King noted the personal effect recent news cycles have had on her.
“Now, I know that a lot of you people at home want to reach for your remote when you feel like Hollywood is preaching to you," she said. “But as a mother of a black son, I know the fear that so many live with and no amount of fame or fortune changes that.”
Tyler Perry used his speech accepting the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to decry racial hatred and encourage healing.
“My mother taught me to refuse hate,” the actor and director said. “She taught me to refuse blanket judgment.”
Travon Free, co-director of live action short winner “Two Distant Strangers,” about a young Black man forced to repeatedly relive a deadly encounter with a police officer, wore a suit jacket lined with the names of real people killed by police.
Colbert on Derek Chauvin Verdict: 'It's Hard to Celebrate, Because a Man Is Still Dead' (Video)
The verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial came down just as Stephen Colbert was getting set to tape Tuesday night's episode of "The Late Show," So Colbert began his monologue with an impromptu commentary lauding the former Minneapolis police officer's conviction for murdering Floyd while Floyd begged for his life in May.2020, but acknowledging that "it's hard to celebrate, because a man is still dead." Colbert noted what he called a "sense ofColbert noted what he called a "sense of relief" because "at least this one injustice was not compounded with indifference," and was thankful Chauvin "faces accountability." But he also noted that "there is more work to be done" in the fight to end systemic racism.
"Those people happen to disproportionately be Black people,” Free said.
He added, “James Baldwin once said the most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent to other people’s pain. So I just ask that you please not be indifferent. Please don’t be indifferent to our pain.”
He said backstage that the film's nomination and victory is itself a possible sign of progress.
“It’s amazing that we could be here today holding Oscars for a film about police brutality," Free said. “It’s incredible.”
The year's nominees as a whole were cited as a sign of racial progress in the run-up to the show, six years after a constant lack of minority nominees prompted the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag on social media.
Nine of the 20 nominees in the acting categories were people of colour. Though after wins by Daniel Kaluuya as best supporting actor and Yuh-Jung Youn as best supporting actress, white actors — Frances McDormand and Anthony Hopkins — won best actress and best actor. Black actors Viola Davis and especially the late Chadwick Boseman had been expected to win.
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Derek Chauvin, Three Other Former Minneapolis Police Officers Face New Federal Charges In Death Of George Floyd .
A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin, 45, and Tou Thao, 35; J. Alexander Kueng, 27; and Thomas Lane, 38, were charged in a three count indictment of willfully depriving Floyd of his constitutional rights. ChauvinA federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and three other former Minneapolis police officers on civil rights charges in the death of George Floyd.