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Trial of police officer accused of George Floyd murder to begin




Trial of police officer accused of George Floyd murder to begin

Derek Chauvin, 44, placed his left knee between Mr Floyd’s head and neck, and kept it there for seven minutes and 46 seconds, according to prosecutors.

Two other officers helped pin him down, while another prevented witnesses from intervening as Floyd, going limp, called for his dead mother.

Police were called following allegations that the 46-year-old had tried to buy a pack of cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenience store in South Minneapolis on the evening of 25 May 2020.

Angela Harrelson (wearing green), George Floyd’s aunt, at the renamed George Floyd Square


Officers arrived and handcuffed him, but when they tried to put him into the squad car he resisted, and a struggle ended with Mr Floyd face-down on the street.

Onlookers filmed the confrontation and begged officers to release him after hearing his shouts.

Mr Floyd was pronounced dead in hospital an hour later.

Billy Briggs changes a sign to read “Justice for George Floyd Trial In 1 Days” at George Floyd Square

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Derek Chauvin, who has pleaded not guilty to two charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, will face trial on Monday despite a late court ruling which added another charge to the indictment.

Barricades and razor wire surround the courthouse after thousands of protesters took to the streets ahead of the trial carrying the names of nearly 500 people who died in police custody in Minnesota.

Demonstrators carry a scroll listing the names of people killed by police during a march in honor of George Floyd

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The organisers of the protest noted that Chauvin has been involved in five of these deaths.

Such is the public interest in the case the trial will be broadcast live for the first time in Minnesota’s history.

Only one family member for both Mr Floyd and Mr Chauvin will be allowed into the courthouse due to Covid restrictions.


Russians suspected of Salisbury poisonings joined to Czech blast




Russians suspected of Salisbury poisonings linked to Czech blast

wo Russian gentlemen suspected of poisoning Sergei Skripal in Salisbury have been connected to an explosion at an arms depot in the Czech Republic.

Czech law enforcement have issued a photos of “Alexander Petrov” and “Ruslan Boshirov” who they say were in the state at the time of the explosion in the village of Vrbětice in 2014.

Two folks died in the blast.

In a press conference on Saturday night Czech Primary Minister Andrej Babis reported the government suspected the Russian military intelligence provider, the GRU, experienced been associated in the explosion.

Mr Babis explained 18 Russian diplomats would have 48 several hours to leave the nation.

“There is a reasonable suspicion that Russian magic formula brokers of the GRU company had been included in the 2014 explosions of an ammunition dump in the Czech village of Vrbětice,” he mentioned.

A senior Russian parliamentarian on Saturday identified as the claim absurd.

Czech law enforcement have issued an appeal for information about two guys employing the identities Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov who were in the place concerning Oct 11 and October 16 in 2014.

These are the names applied by two Russian intelligence officers the Uk states carried out the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter using the nerve agent Novichok in Salisbury in 2018.

They recovered but a neighborhood lady Dawn Sturgress died months later on immediately after remaining poisoned by remnants of the nerve agent in a discarded perfume bottle.

Following the assault the suspects have been recognized as Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga.

They appeared on Russian Television set to claim they were being sports activities nutritionists who experienced frequented Salisbury to see the cathedral spire.

Nonetheless, United kingdom authorities stated they have been members of the GRU and had smeared the nerve agent on a door cope with belonging to Mr Skripal, a former GRU officer.

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