US protesters demand justice for George Floyd’s death by white police

2021-03-10 12:51:22
US protesters demand justice for George Floyd’s death by white police

Hundreds of protestors gathered in the US city of Minneapolis on Tuesday ahead of a trial for the white police officer accused of killing George Floyd, a Black man whose dying struggles were captured on a video seen around the world.

Protestors held up "Black Lives Matter" placards and chanted "Say his name! George Floyd!" and "What do we want? Justice!"

Derek Chauvin, the now former city officer who used his knee to pin a pleading, gasping Floyd by the neck to the pavement for nearly nine minutes.

Jury selection begins at 8:00 am (1400 GMT), though final debates over the exact charges against Chauvin could yet delay the proceedings.

For now, Chauvin is facing second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. He has been released on bail and will appear in court.

Floyd's death laid bare already sore racial wounds in the United States, sparking months of sometimes violent protests against racial injustice and police brutality, both in the US and abroad.

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