The trial of police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of killing George Floyd, is launched in the United States today.

Police charges intensified last week from third-degree murder to second-degree murder. Third-degree murder in Finland would mainly correspond to the death penalty and second-degree murder to homicide. Chauvin pressed Floyd to his knee from the neck for nearly nine minutes in a detention situation.

Three other police officers in custody are also charged with aiding and abetting the murder.

Floyd’s death has sparked widespread protests in the United States that have brought to the wall the police violence and racism experienced by black people.

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