Press-Telegram (Long Beach)

Dozens rally before ex-officer put on trial


ST. PAUL, MINN. » Dozens of people gathered in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion on Saturday to demand accountabi­lity for police officers, days before a former Minneapoli­s officer is scheduled to go on trial in the death of George Floyd.

Many of the roughly 150 people who demonstrat­ed in Minnesota were family members of others who died during police encounters. Similar protests were being organized in cities around the country in advance of the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck while Floyd was held face-down on the ground in handcuffs, saying he couldn’t breathe. Body-camera video time stamps provided by prosecutor­s show Chauvin held his position for about nine minutes, even after Floyd stopped moving. Chauvin is charged with seconddegr­ee murder and manslaught­er and jury selection in his trial begins Monday.

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