National columnist Suzette Hackney is in Minneapolis for the trial of Derek Chauvin, reporting on people, scenes and moods.
Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sits and listens daily in court in Hennepin County. testimony And write on a legal pad. Taking his notes is constant.
I wish I knew what he was writing. Chauvin is clearly on the island and has only his defense counsel. There are chairs reserved in court for his friends and family. Most days no one is sitting there.
In contrast, members of George Floyd’s family take turns daily in one assigned seat reserved for them in the back corner of the courtroom. There are only two reporters in court. One is the representative of the printing organization and the other is the representative of the broadcast.
Chauvin was accused of killing Floyd last May and knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes while trying to arrest him. After the second week, the trial is being aired due to crowd restrictions due to COVID-19 prophylaxis.
The trial was difficult to get angry with. Continuous playback of video from different angles. Graphical nature and description of how Floyd died. Emotional testimony from those who witnessed the incident – it’s all traumatic.
For those who love Chauvin, it can be too traumatic. Imagine how Floyd’s family feels.
According to May 29, 2020, Chauvin’s wife filed for divorce just days after Floyd’s death. statement From the Sekura Family Law Office.
“Tonight I talked to Kelly Chauvin and her family. She was overwhelmed by Mr. Floyd’s death, and her greatest sympathy was saddening his family, his loved ones, and this tragedy. She has applied for the termination of her marriage to Derek Chauvin. ” “Mr. Chauvin has no children from her current marriage, but she pays homage to giving her children, elders’ parents, and extended families safety and privacy during this difficult time.”
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On Monday, Minneapolis Police Chief Medallia Alondon said that Chauvin was handcuffed, lay down, and kept kneeling on Floyd’s neck after showing no signs of resistance. Testified that it was not the policy or training of. Certainly not part of our ethics and values. “
Chauvin, 45, has been charged with two murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges.
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