Former officer’s trial in George Floyd’s death gets underway


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors at the trial of Derek Chauvin played a video showing the white former Minneapolis police officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds as the Black man pleaded for his life and went limp.

The video posted to Facebook soon after Floyd’s arrest by a bystander shows Chauvin pinning Floyd at the officers’ squad car and ignoring onlooker shouts to get off him.

Chauvin’s trial began Monday with prosecutor Jerry Blackwell telling jurors that Chauvin “didn’t let up, he didn’t get up” even after Floyd said 27 times that he couldn’t breathe and went motionless.

The defense says it’ll show that Chauvin reacted exactly as he was trained.

The widely seen video sparked waves of outrage across the U.S. and beyond.


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