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Sports: USA: Three former police officers on trial for "watched George Floyd agonize"

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The three officers who were present alongside Derek Chauvin are accused of "violating the civil rights" by George Floyd

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They "watched a man die and have decided to do nothing": three policemen remained passive when murder of African-American George Floyd were trounced by the prosecution on Monday at the opening of their trial in federal court. Supporting roles of a tragedy that shocked the world, Tou Thao, Alexander and Thomas Lane Kueng free appearing in federal court in St. Paul, in the northern United States, for "civil rights violation" of the Black forties.

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May 25, 2020 they "watched the slow and painful agony of Floyd," argued the prosecutor Samantha Trepel. The latter, who suffocated in the knee of their colleague Derek Chauvin , has "repeated 25 times '' I can not breathe '' to alert them," but they deliberately "chose" not to intervene, did -it telling. " '' Under your guard, '' that means '' your responsibility '': it is a basic principle taught to every police officer," she added. But "for 9 minutes and 29 seconds, the defendants ignored their training", their responsibility and their oath.

Lawyers for the three men, in turn, challenged they "deliberately" decided to let George die Floyd. For them, they logically trusted Derek Chauvin, the "playmaker" the 19-year career in a "complex" situation. False

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ticket the day of the tragedy, Kueng Alexander and Thomas Lane, two new recruits of the Minneapolis police were called by a trader who suspected George Floyd to have used a fake $ 20 bill to pay for a pack of cigarettes . While they were struggling to get into their car this man with the imposing stature, they were joined by two experienced agents.

The four were quickly pressed African American ground, handcuffed. Derek Chauvin was kneeling on his neck, both new to him, while Tou Thao kept passersby panicked, remotely. They had not budged despite the groans of the forties and unconsciousness.

The scene, filmed and put online, sparked huge demonstrations against racism and police violence in all US and beyond, and continues to feed reflection on the racist past of America.

In June, Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder and sentenced to 22 ½ years in prison by the court of the State of Minnesota. His three colleagues will be judged in this context from June 13 for "complicity in murder".

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"Tragedy"

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors have charged four officers for "civil rights violation" by George Floyd, including freedom and security. These double jeopardy are allowed in the US, but relatively rare, and reflects the importance of this issue outside the norm.

In December, Derek Chauvin pleaded guilty in this federal component, admitting for the first time a share of responsibility in the tragedy. His three colleagues argue, them not guilty. They are accused of not making the necessary relief to forty despite signs of medical distress.

Tou Thao and Alexander Kueng also are accused of failing to intervene to dissuade Derek Chauvin to "exercise unreasonable force". Thomas Lane, who had twice suggested to position the African-American on its side, is not covered by this charge.

Monday, their lawyers have recognized the seriousness of the events. But "a tragedy is not a crime," said Robert Paule, who defends Tou Thao. They particularly emphasized the lack of experience of Kueng agents and Lang, deployed on the ground for only a few days and that, in total, did not have five patrols to their credit.

Derek Chauvin was involved in the formation of Alexander Kueng, added the lawyer of the latter. "The evidence will show that he had taken control of the scene May 25, 2020," added Mr. Thomas Plunkett, by calling it a "playmaker". The trial could last four weeks.

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