George Floyd Murder Trial Opens in Minnesota
A trial of a white former police officer charged with murdering a Black man last year started Monday in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
During opening statements, government lawyers showed the video of former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on George Floyd's neck during an arrest.
They told the jurors to remember 9 minutes and 29 seconds. That was the time that Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck. In the video, Floyd repeatedly called out for help. He said he could not breathe and that he was going to die.
The video of the May 25 arrest last year led to months of huge demonstrations in America and elsewhere against police abuse of people of color. Chauvin is charged with several counts of murder. He has pled not guilty to all.
Jerry Blackwell is the government lawyer leading the case against Chauvin. He told the court that the officer used "excessive and unreasonable" force in the arrest. "He was defenseless," Blackwell said of Floyd. "He wasn't resistant."
But defense lawyer Eric Nelson told the court that Chauvin was simply doing his job as a police officer. "Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do in his 19-year career" to restrain Floyd after he had resisted arrest.
Nelson said medical evidence will show that there were no signs that Floyd died because he could not breathe. The lawyer said the man died from other health issues, including high blood pressure and drug use.
Biden watching closely
At the White House Monday, Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that President Joe Biden will be watching the trial "closely."
Before the trial started, Floyd family lawyer Benjamin Crump and other supporters knelt in honor of Floyd outside the courthouse. Crump said, "America, this is the moment to show the rest of the world...there is liberty and justice for all."
Court records show the jury in the case includes six white women, two white men, three Black men, one Black woman and two multiracial women.
The city of Minneapolis agreed recently to pay Floyd's family $27 million in damages to settle their claims of abuse in the case.
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律师对陪审员表示，记住9分29秒这个时间 。因为那是肖万跪压在弗洛伊德脖子上的时间 。视频中，弗洛伊德多次呼救 。他说他不能呼吸，他要死了 。
去年5月25日的逮捕录像引发了美国和其他地方持续数月的大规模示威游行，人们对警察虐待有色人种进行抗议 。肖万被控多项谋杀罪 。他对所有罪名都不认罪 。
杰里·布莱克威尔是负责肖万案件的政府律师 。他在法庭上表示，这名警察在逮捕中使用了“过度和不合理的”武力 。布莱克威尔说，弗洛伊德“他毫无防备，而且没有反抗 。”
但辩护律师埃里克·纳尔逊在法庭上表示，肖万只是在做他作为警察的本职工作 。“德里克·肖万的做法完全遵循了他在19年职业警察生涯中所接受的训练”，即在弗洛伊德拒捕后控制住他 。
纳尔逊表示，医学证据会证明，没有迹象表明弗洛伊德死于呼吸困难 。这名律师表示，弗洛伊德死于其他健康问题，比如高血压和吸毒 。
审判开始前，弗洛伊德的家庭律师本杰明·克拉姆普和其他支持者在法院外通过下跪的方式纪念弗洛伊德 。克拉姆普说，“现在是美国向世界其他地方展示所有人都享有自由和正义的时刻 。”