The American city of Minneapolis is on edge. There, prosecutors will hold their closing arguments on Monday in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin and his role in the death of Black American George Floyd. The defense of Chauvin will also speak. Then a jury examines the question of guilt.
Good to know:
- The jury is looking at the question of what exactly killed Floyd.
- The jury will also have to decide whether Chauvin’s actions were justified.
- During the arrest in May 2020, Chauvin pressed his knee down Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Floyd didn’t survive the arrest.
- The images of the arrest went around the world and unleashed a lot. Floyd’s death led to major protests against racism and police violence in the United States and numerous other countries.
Bystanders who had been called to testify in the case were more than once moved to tears during their statements. So did the then seventeen-year-old Darnella Frazier, who shot the infamous images.
Frazier said she was still sorry she didn’t do more to help Floyd in some way. The same also said the firefighter who, to despair, urged the officers on the spot to provide first aid.
Charles McMillian, another bystander who ended up on the stand, broke when he said he had heard Floyd calling for his mother just before he passed out.