Las Vegas Tribune
Minneapolis, Minnesota — The murder trial of Police Officer Derek Chauvin is taking place in the same city in which it is alleged that he murdered George Floyd, who was being arrested for trying to pass a fake twenty-dollar bill in a convenience store in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
George Floyd is the only man known for being a criminal who turned hero (both during and after his death); the only man known for having four funeral services, a distinguished honor and prestige not bestowed upon any of our late presidents, ambassadors, or even any king in the world.
Now, outside the Minnesota Courthouse, followers of George Floyd marched, not in protest, but very likely as “notice” to the authorities, prosecutors, jurors, defense attorneys, and the citizens of Minneapolis, of what can happen if they are not pleased with the outcome of the trial.
Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill is presiding over the trial and participated with the attorneys in selecting the jurors from a long list of almost one hundred. More than half of the prospective jurors were dismissed when they admitted to strong views after seeing the video that was shown on TV and reading newspaper articles on that subject.
Officer Derek Chauvin, a nineteen-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, is on trial, charged with murder and manslaughter
in the May 25 death last year of Floyd, who had several different drugs in his system when Officer Chauvin held his knee on his neck for
several minutes, yet he was alive when the ambulance took him to a local hospital.
The outcome of Chauvin’s trial could result in many police officers across the country feeling that they have been handcuffed by a system
that is afraid to back up its officers and give up to groups that use intimidation to get notoriety and politicians that use these groups for their own political benefits.
Surprisingly enough, Judge Cahill said he would allow Defense Attorney Eric Nelson to present evidence from Floyd’s 2019 arrest record when he also swallowed drugs before getting arrested. The trial could last from three to four weeks.