On May 25, 2020, black George Floyd was killed at the hands of a policeman in Minneapolis, USA. Following Floyd’s death, there were large-scale protests in several US cities last year against racial inequality and police brutality.
Minneapolis: A US court has delivered a major verdict. Washington’s Hennepin County Court has convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of killing black civilian George Floyd. Last year, there was widespread protests in the US after Chouvin died of strangulation after pressing Floyd’s neck with his knee.
The Hennepin County Court held Derek Chauvin guilty of second-degree culpable homicide, third-degree murder and second-degree cruelty. There is a punishment of up to 40 years in the second-degree culpable homicide, up to 25 years in the third-degree murder and up to 10 years in the second-degree ruthless murder case or a fine of $ 20,000.
President Joe Biden welcomed the decision
Welcoming this decision of the court, President Joe Biden said, “This decision may not bring George back. But what we can do now, it will be known by this. George’s last words were – I don’t breath.” Can take it. We cannot let these words die. We have to listen to them. We cannot run away from it. “
Biden said, “Let there be no violence, peace be established. Those who provoke the flame of partition, we cannot let them succeed. It is time to unite as Americans and fight racial prejudice.”
Six white citizens included in the jury
After resentment among the American people, a decision was taken to send the case of the murder of George Floyd to the jury. The jury consists of six white people and six black people. The prosecution argued that in May last year, Chauvin snatched Floyd’s life in such a way that even a child knew that the method was wrong. However, the defense claimed that the white officer who had been dismissed from service had taken appropriate action and that 46-year-old Floyd died of heart disease and illegal drug use.
After the debate was over, Judge Peter Cahill rejected the defense’s argument about the alleged wrongful trial based on the comments of Mexican Representative Mexican Waters of California that the protester would be charged if no one was convicted in the verdict. Can be more fierce.