The images were captured by a police camera and were shown on Wednesday (3/31) at a court in Minneapolis, United States. The trial began this week.
The recording shows the American George Floyd begging the police for mercy while he was being detained. In the video, ex-police officer Derek Chauvin appears with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, while Floyd begs not to be hurt. Floyd says, “I’m not a bad guy,” he says.
Floyd was choked to death by the police in 2020, sparking a wave of global protests against racism and police violence.
This week, a court is hearing witnesses in the lawsuit against police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of manslaughter and wrongful death. The 45-year-old police officer was fired from the police and denies all charges.
Defense lawyers have indicated that they will argue that 46-year-old Floyd died of an overdose and ill health. They must also claim that the force used in the episode was reasonable.
The policeman says Floyd was arrested on suspicion of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit $ 20 bill last May. If convicted, Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison.
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