One of the witnesses that day, Charles McMillian, broke down on the witness stand as he recalled seeing Mr. Floyd cry out for “Mama.” Another witness, Darnella Frazier, who recorded the cellphone video that was considered by thousands and thousands, mentioned she regretted that she had not finished extra to attempt to save Mr. Floyd.
“It’s been nights I stayed up apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for not doing more and not physically interacting and not saving his life,” Ms. Frazier mentioned.
The trial was held in a carefully guarded authorities constructing surrounded by excessive short-term fencing. Jurors had been saved nameless to guard them from potential threats. Because of the pandemic, Judge Cahill allowed the proceedings to be livestreamed, an exception to Minnesota’s strict guidelines governing cameras within the courtroom. Jurors sat in chairs spaced six toes aside as a substitute of shut collectively in a conventional jury field, and solely two spectators — one from Mr. Floyd’s household, one from Mr. Chauvin’s — had been allowed to be current at a time.
The case continues to have broad results on Minneapolis, the place greater than 1,000 buildings had been broken or destroyed by vandalism and looting within the unrest that adopted Mr. Floyd’s loss of life. The Third Precinct constructing, which was set on hearth, is boarded up. The intersection the place Mr. Floyd was killed stays closed to visitors. And town has endured an agonizing debate over the long run of its Police Department.
Community activists celebrated the decision, albeit gingerly. It was “one trial and one moment in history,” Nekima Levy Armstrong, a civil rights lawyer, mentioned on Minnesota Public Radio. “However, this moment didn’t happen because the system worked,” she added. “This moment happened because the people put in the work. We had to demand justice and accountability.”
Mr. Ellison, whose workplace prosecuted the case, referred to as it an “inflection point” and referred to as for a broader shift in how the police work together with the communities they serve.
“Although a verdict alone cannot end their pain, I hope it’s another step on the long path toward healing for them,” Mr. Ellison mentioned of the Floyd household. “There is no replacing your beloved Perry, or Floyd, as his friends called him, but he is the one who sparked a worldwide movement, and that’s important.”