World with the accumulation of incriminating videos, the pressure rises on the police in the United States
Minneapolis officers line up to reject Chauvin's actions
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The parade of Minneapolis police officers rejecting a former officer’s actions in restraining George Floyd continued at his murder trial, including a use-of-force instructor who said officers were coached to “stay away from the neck when possible.” Lt. Johnny Mercil on Tuesday became the latest member of the Minneapolis force to take the stand as part of an effort by prosecutors to dismantle the argument that Derek Chauvin was doing what he was trained to do when he put his knee on George Floyd’s neck last May.
Always more appalling images, always more people killed by policemen, and a trial for murder who is coming to his end - in the United States the confidence of the population to the forces of the Order may never have been at such a low level.
The recent accumulation of videos showing police abuses thus inflamed the debate on the role of the police across the country.
"I am a black man, and I know of my own experience that the police do not have a professional attitude, and the way they are directed is not correct," says Darnell Squire, 46, who sells T-shirts and baseball caps in the street of a suburb of Minneapolis.
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Even the most dedicated officers who now face a greater risk of being sued, fired or prosecuted for doing their job feel pressure to pull back. © Getty Images police badge Start the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning. The message from a new wave of progressive prosecutors is clear: making arrests for drug and weapons crimes that will go unprosecuted exposes officers to the risk of disciplinary action, lawsuits and criminal prosecution. To mitigate that risk, police take a more passive approach.
It is in this great metropolis of the northern United States that the trial of Derek Chauvin is currently taking place, ex-white policeman accused of the murder of George Floyd last year.
"They are not there to protect the inhabitants, or to give people security to people, what does they mean ... it has been clear to me since I've been a child," says Squire .
"I do not trust the government's promises like what things will change, and I do not trust the system or the courts," he adds.
At the trial of Derek Chauvin, the indictment and the argument are expected early next week, before the jury deliberates and sort of his session with a verdict.
While the images of the police officer kneeling on George Floyd's neck turned ad Naifeam in the Minneapolis court room, the multiplication of new examples of deaths caused by the police across the United States attacking anger and brings off Thousands of people in the streets.
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The police shooting of Daunte Wright during a traffic stop prompted protests Sunday amid an already tense Minnesota during the trial of Derek Chauvin.Daunte Wright's death in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, comes as Minneapolis, just 10 miles south, was already on edge in the middle of the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, facing murder charges in the death of George Floyd.
A Brooklyn Center, in the very suburb of Minneapolis, Daunt Wright, a young black man, died after a policeman shot him, affirming having confused his pistol with his taser. His death was documented by the pedestrian camera images of the police.
In Chicago, the police made the shocking images of a policeman shooting on Adam Toledo, 13 years old. The teenager was killed in a dark alley last month, a policeman suspecting him for dropping a gun just before the tragedy.
- "A long fight" -
"I will feel the same, even if Chauvin is convicted - it's a long fight," says Selena McKnight, a 46-year-old militant at Minneapolis who regularly participates in manifestations against failures police.
"The trial (derrek chauvin) represents only one Only business, and this battle is not over until justice is done everywhere, "she adds.
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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the death of George Floyd said Monday that he'll leave it up to the jury to sort out whether Floyd yelled “I ate too many drugs” or “I ain’t do no drugs” as three officers pinned him to the ground. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill made the ruling as attorneys argued over whether to allow the testimony of a use-of-force expert for the prosecution, Seth Stoughton, a professor at the University of South Carolina Law School. Prosecutors wanted him to testify from an academic perspective on whether Chauvin used reasonable force and about national policing standards.
Some highlight the contrast between Floyd, Wright, and so many others, and those of police officers to face aggressive white men.
Wednesday in another city near Minneapolis, a policeman was attacked with a hammer and dragged high speed by a car driven by a 61-year-old white man, accused of attacking the employees of a store that asked him to wear a mask against COVID-19.
No shot N ' was drawn, and the man was subsequently arrested.
"Did he be shot at him? No, of course not. It shows you all that you have to know about the prejudices of the police", according to Selena McKnight.
"We can think that all these video images can make the difference, but it simply shows what we know it's been going on for a long time," she adds.
At the time the verdict approach in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the United States is preparing for potentially violent events in case of acquittal.
The downtown Minneapolis, deserted, has seen multiply the wooden panels to protect the shops, while nationalguard troops patrol in armored vehicles.
"I'm afraid of the police, not Covid-19", launches TesFaye Habte, a minneapolis inhabitant in Ethiopia, who believes that the situation has worsened in recent years.
"America is democracy, the constitution, and freedom of expression, but the police are very aggressive and inhuman. I am this trial closely, and I am worried," he says.
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Chicago's Little Village divided over police shooting of 13-year-old .
Video of Chicago police officer shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo fuels peaceful protests.Elizabeth Toledo, 44, wore dark glasses and didn’t speak to the half-dozen onlookers. But Toledo, who lives a few blocks away in the neighborhood of La Villita, Little Village, has said through her attorney that she feels judged by the community since her son’s death last month.