The woman who recorded the shocking video of George Floyd’s death that prompted mass protests for racial justice around the world has told the Derek Chauvin murder trial of her feelings of guilt at being unable to intervene to save his life. Frazier was 17 when she recorded the video as a bystander. Chauvin, 45, who is white, has denied charges of second-and third-degree murder, and manslaughter.
The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin starts today – 10 months after the death of George Floyd – and the stakes are high for race relations in America. The court will hear accounts of the events that unfolded on 25 May last year when police responded to a call from a convenience store where Mr Floyd had allegedly used a fake $20 bill.
A majority of Minneapolis City Council has pledged to dismantle the local police department, a significant move amid nationwide protests sparked by George Floyd’s death last month. Nine of the 13 councilors said a “new model of public safety” would be created in a city where law enforcement has been accused of racism. Activists, who for years have demanded such a step, called it a turning point.
Three police officers present when their colleague knelt on George Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes are to face charges. Prosecutors have also upgraded the charges against the main officer involved, Derek Chauvin, to second-degree murder. He had initially been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter over Mr Floyd’s death, which has triggered protests across the US and around the world.
President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest in the US over the death of a black man in police custody. He said if cities and states failed to control the protests and “defend their residents” he would deploy the army and “quickly solve the problem for them”. Protests over the death of George Floyd have escalated over the past week.