George Floyd’s cousin ‘confident’ as trial begins in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (HRNW) – After sitting through the first few juror selections, George Floyd’s cousin said Tuesday she is feeling “optimistic” about the outcome of the trial of the police officer charged for killing her family member in a case that set off a surge of anti-racist activism throughout the United States.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling for us,” said Shareeduh Tate, who represented Floyd’s family in the courtroom on the first day of former officer Derek Chauvin’s trial.

“The reason why we’re here is not ever going to be something to celebrate,” she told AFP. “But we’re excited that the judicial process is getting started.”

Last May in the northern US city of Minneapolis, Chauvin, a white police officer, knelt on the neck of Floyd, a Black man, for nearly nine minutes while he screamed “I can’t breathe.”

Floyd’s last words became a rallying cry as protesters from New York to Los Angeles — and around the world — marched for weeks against police violence and racism.

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