George Floyd's Death Trial: Defence Uses Videos to Push 'Camera Bias'

Published April 6th, 2021 - 08:04 GMT
George Floyd trial is on-going in Minnesota
Floyd died while in custody last May, after police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. (Twitter)

For a week now, Americans have been watching carefully as trial sessions are being held in the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota, as security officer Derek Chauvin faces a number of charges related to killing George Floyd last May.

 

Since March 29, Twelve jurors have convened for various days a week to determine whether the police officer Derek Chauvin had deliberately killed Floyd, as numerous videos and photos have shown him kneeling on Floyd's neck for several minutes during an attempt to arrest the latter, which had resulted in Floyd's immediate death.

In June 2020, an autopsy of Floyd's body revealed that he was infected with COVID-19 at the time of his death, a fact he probably was not aware of.

However, Chauvin's attorney Eric Nelson has sparked national conversations as he claimed that police body cameras "show a different angle from that the world has seen on TVs," which he referred to as "camera bias narrative."

Chauvin's lawyer said that, contrary to public belief, the police officer on trial didn't kneel on Floyd's neck, but rather his shoulder's blade," suggesting that Floyd's death wasn't a result of Chauvin's act.

The attorney's defense comes only a few days after a paramedic testified in court that Floyd was dead on the scene when he arrived to treat him.

Since May 2020, Floyd's death had triggered a strong wave of protests across the world, ones echoing the Black Lives Matter movement that had emerged back in 2014, in the wake of two black men's death by police in Ferguson, Missouri.

For a little less than a year now, George Floyd has become an international icon pointing at what has been called "police brutality against black people" often connected to racism, whether we are talking about the US, Europe, or elsewhere.

 


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