Three Guilty Verdicts in the Trial of the Murderer of George Floyd
We begin with the three guilty verdicts of second degree unintentional murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter in the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin who murdered George Floyd in plain sight which was captured in a video that documented the last nine minutes of Floyd’s life. We all saw a sadistic policeman, with his hands casually in his pockets while his knee was choking the life out of a prone, compliant and handcuffed black man, ignoring the pleas of local citizens as the victim gasped “I can’t breathe.” Mark Osler, a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and a former federal prosecutor, joins us to discuss an outcome that was clearly a great relief to local and state politicians who had deployed the National Guard, and President Biden who indicated he was praying for the right verdict. With the whole world watching on to see whether there would be yet another example of police impunity sparking civil unrest, we assess what the trial means for future policing in this country and whether there will be an appeal by the defense which the judge acknowledged as a possibility when he castigated Congresswoman Maxine Waters for her remarks before the verdict was delivered.
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