Jury in George Floyd murder trial shown harrowing video of his death

MINNEAPOLIS MN- MARCH 29 Attorney Ben Crump

George Floyd's family attorney, Ben Crump, reacts to the start of the Derek Chauvin trial exclusively on 'The Story'. That evidence is expansive, he said, and is far broader than what they will see in video footage that shows the final 10 minutes of the encounter between Floyd and the police.

For eight minutes and 46 seconds on Monday relatives and lawyers of George Floyd took a knee to mark how long a white policeman knelt on the neck of the African American, who died of asphyxiation. One of those gifts was sent via FedEx in 2002, according to the indictment.Epstein and Maxwell encouraged the girl to recruit other victims, the indictment says, and she brought multiple underage "masseuses" to the Palm Beach residence.

Chauvin, dressed in a gray suit with a blue tie, was at the defense table while the video was played and took occasional notes on a yellow legal pad.

Mr Chauvin, a 19-year veteran of the police force, is charged with murder and manslaughter and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of second-degree murder.

In their opening statement, prosecutors are expected to outline a road map of their case and tell jurors what to expect to see, said Mike Brandt, a local defense attorney who is watching the case closely.

"That's all you need", Mr Floyd told NBC News.

He said it showed Chauvin "grinding and crushing him until the very breath ... the very life was squeezed out of him".

The death of Mr Floyd and the circulation of the video worldwide sparked a wave of protests in the U.S. and beyond demanding justice and highlighting the unequal treatment of black people by the police in America.

Floyd's death led to protests, mostly under the "Black Lives Matter" movement, across the world.

"The goal today is equal justice for the United States of America", Crump said.

The timeline differs from the initial account submitted last May by prosecutors, who said Chauvin held his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds.

MINNEAPOLIS MN- MARCH 29 Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Ben Crump counts off 8 minutes as he takes a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds with members of George Floyds family and Rev. Al Sharpton

Mr Blackwell, who is leading the prosecution, highlighted all police officers pledge to never employ unnecessary force or violence when enforcing the law.

"This case is about Mr. Derek Chauvin", he said.

Floyd's cause of death is expected to be the central issue in the case, and a key piece of evidence is likely to be the bystander-filmed video that went viral.

The George Floyd murder trial is a referendum on American justice, the family lawyer said ahead of opening statements in the case against the white police officer accused of killing the 46-year-old Black man.

Their protest began at 08:46 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the USA city where Derek Chauvin, 44, is on trial for murder and manslaughter after allegedly pinning Floyd - on his stomach, with his hands cuffed behind his back - to the ground.

"But this is the trial of Derek Chauvin", he said. "The facts are simple".

An image from surveillance video taken across the street from George Floyd's arrest. The allegation against Floyd was related to his passing a counterfeit bill.

He said Chauvin had only been following his training, and that the screaming of bystanders had caused officers "to divert their attention from the care of Mr. Floyd". "I don't know if they needed to or not", she said in audio of the call played to the court. Nelson said that this trial should be regarded as a trial against one man, and not a "social justice" trial.

By that rule, camera's wouldn't have been allowed at Chauvin's trial because Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison opposed them on the grounds that they could scare away potential witnesses.

They will remain anonymous and unseen throughout the televised trial, which is expected to last about four weeks.

The trial is significant, since it is uncommon for police officers to be penalised for using lethal force in the US.

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