29th March 2021: As the trial of Derek Chauvin, the officer responsible for killing George Floyd goes underway, the team representing him and members of his family, went to their knees for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time for which a knee was pressed on the neck on Floyd, sparking a countrywide movement.
Al-Jazeera English reports that this is THE civil rights trial of 2021. This is the biggest case since Rodney King was killed in 1991 and the officers involved were acquitted, with disastrous consequences. Los Angeles and other cities went up in flames. In an eerie reminder of that event, there were countrywide protests stemming from the death of Floyd and arson took place this time too, as did looting.
The judge knows the stakes and therefore, in an unusual move for the state, allowed the trial to be televised live.
The trial in the courtroom is of Derek Chauvin, the man who killed Floyd, but outside and everywhere else, it is America herself and her justice system that is on trial.
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