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A memorial mural for George Floyd on Colfax Avenue and Race Street in Denver, Colorado.

The trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is underway in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Chauvin, who is white, is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter in connection with the death of George Floyd, who was Black, during an arrest last May. For eight minutes and 46 seconds, Floyd – handcuffed and face down on the pavement – said repeatedly that he could not breathe, while other officers looked on.

A video of Floyd’s agonizing death triggered last summer’s unprecedented wave of mass protests against police violence and racism. Chauvin’s murder trial is expected to last up to four weeks.

Deadric WilliamsFive stories, including one by University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Assistant Professor of Sociology Deadric T. Williams, offer expert analysis and key background on police violence, Chauvin’s record and racism in U.S. law enforcement. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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