March 6, 2021

Derek Chauvin, Floyd murder suspect and face of US police brutality

Minneapolis (AFP) – Described by colleagues as a rigid, silent man, Derek Chauvin — the former police officer who goes on trial Monday for the murder of George Floyd — had a record of using excessive force long before the unarmed Black man died under his knee, sparking the biggest US race protests in decades. Chauvin knelt on the 46-year-old Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes on a Minneapolis street on May 25 last year, despite the dying man’s pleas and those of shocked passers-by who filmed the tragedy. “Throughout his interaction with Mr Floyd, Mr Chauvin exuded a calm and professional d…


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