Before the ex- Minneapolis officer goes on a scheduled trial in George Floyd’s death, dozens of people assembled in front of the Minnesota governor’s mansion, calling for accountability of police officers. According to the Associated Press, around 150 people who had gathered in Minnesota on March 6, included family members of others who lost their lives during police encounters. The protests were planned across the United States before the trial of Derek Chauvin.
Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died on May 25, 2020, when Chauvin pushed his knee against his neck while he was held face-down on the ground in handcuffs, saying he couldn’t breathe. The camera video stamps delivered by prosecutors displayed that Chauvin had held his position for 8 minutes 46 seconds, even after Floyd had stopped moving. Floyd was later declared dead at a hospital.
After the incident, Chauvin has been charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter. The jury selection in his trial starts on Monday. On the other hand, the protest was organized on Saturday, March 6, by families supporting families against police violence, which is an alliance of families who lost loved ones in police confrontations.
Earlier this week, the Representatives of the US House approved The George Floyd Justice in Policing act. The bill was titled in honour of Floyd. The regulation will set up a national registry of police misconduct so those police officials cannot dodge the government’s actions by moving from one court to another. It would also restrict chokeholds, abolish racial and religious profiling. The legislation would end the police practices under inquiry after the deaths of Black Americans in the last year.
House Democrats had earlier year announced and passed the bill titled the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the wake of Floyd’s death, but it was not cleared in the Senate. The bill was then reestablished by California Representative Karen Bass, a Democrat and former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. In a press call, the House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler said that Rodney King was beaten by Police in Los Angeles 30 years ago and “we are still trying to transform policing in the United States.” He mentioned that George Floyd was murdered last year, and there have been more than 100 officer-involved shootings and multiple times police officers have not been charged.