THE third week of testimonies in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin will continue today.
The 45-year-old has been charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Floyd died last May following an arrest during which Chauvin placed a knee on his neck for 9 minutes, 29 seconds while Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe.”
Caught on video, those tragic final moments led to widespread protests and riots across the US against police brutality and racism.
Chauvin, along with three other police officers present during the fatal arrest, was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department the day after the death.
Almost 40 witnesses have been called to the stand in recent weeks, including the Minneapolis police chief and other officers who have openly condemned Chauvin’s actions.
Floyd’s younger brother Philonise, 39, was called to the stand Monday by the prosecution. “That’s my oldest brother George. I miss both of them,” he testified, referring to a picture of the victim and his late mom.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only one member at a time of Floyd’s family has been allowed to attend the trial.
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