Floyd family, supporters kneel in protest ahead of Minneapolis trial

Floyd family, supporters kneel in protest ahead of Minneapolis trial”

He displayed a still image from a bystander's cellphone video of Chauvin, who is white, with his knee on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man in handcuffs.

"You will learn that Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do", Nelson said.

Describing Floyd's actions on the day he died, Nelson said, "The evidence will show that when confronted by police, Mr. Floyd put drugs in his mouth in an effort to hide them from police".

Crump reminded the crowd and those watching across the world that Chauvin is the man on trial, not Floyd.

When jurors weigh the evidence and the law and "apply reason and common sense", Nelson said, "there will only be one just verdict, and that is to find Mr. Chauvin not guilty".

"There is no political or social cause in this courtroom", Nelson said.

"We take it, a knee, for eight minutes and 46 seconds".

Chauvin, 45, faces three criminal charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin is also charged with the lesser offence of second-degree manslaughter.

Ms Scurry, talking to a prosecutor, says she called a sergeant - the supervisor for the officers - and during this conversation can be heard saying "you can call me a snitch if you want".

"The use of force is not attractive but it is a necessary component of policing". Nelson added that a witness claimed Floyd appeared "drunk" when he tried to use a counterfeit bill to purchase cigarettes.

The footage touched off protests across the US last summer.

According to Blackwell, a number of bystanders at the scene "called the police on the police".

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Three other former police officers - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - also face charges in connection with Floyd's death.

The prosecution played the surveillance video for the first time in court. Chauvin sat calmly during opening statements and took notes, looking up at the video periodically.

"My stomach hurts", he says. Onlookers repeatedly shout at the officers to get off Floyd. The time 8:46 soon became a rallying cry in the case.

Floyd's brothers spoke at the news conference, telling people they are bracing for Chauvin's defense attorney to attempt to denigrate their brother's reputation to make it seem that he was at fault in his own death on May 25, 2020. Two of the 14 will be alternates.

Mr Blackwell earlier warned the jury to ignore defence arguments that Mr Floyd's death was caused by an opioid overdose. "She did her best to intervene".

Chauvin's lawyers have argued that the main cause of Mr Floyd's death was a drug overdose. Mr. Chauvin reached for his Mace and pointed it in her direction.

About dozen people chanted and carried signs in the middle of the street outside the courthouse entrance as Floyd family attorney Ben Crump, the Rev. Al Sharpton and members of the Floyd family passed by on their way inside.

Crump said the trial would be a test of "whether America is going to live up to the Declaration of Independence", and blasted the idea that it would be a tough test for jurors.

Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said Chauvin "betrayed his badge" during George Floyd's death.

The trial is expected to last about four weeks at the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, which has been fortified with concrete barriers, fencing, and barbed and razor wire. City and state leaders are determined to prevent a repeat of the damaging riots that followed Floyd's death, and National Guard troops have already been mobilized. Judge Peter Cahill ordered that cameras be allowed largely because of the pandemic and the required social distancing that meant there would be nearly no room for spectators in the courtroom.

Chauvin's trial is being held in a heavily guarded Minneapolis courtroom. Floyd's brother Philonise represented the Floyd family on Monday. Jury selection took more than two weeks, as jurors were questioned individually about their views on police, racial justice issues and pretrial publicity in the case.

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