Derek Chauvin trial: Even the way George Floyd's killer was handcuffed and led away proved the inequality

The former police officer was taken into custody safely and with dignity - treatment he hadn't afforded to Mr Floyd.

4/22/2021 10:21:00 AM

'Even seeing Chauvin handcuffed in court, the inequality still felt stark. The former officer, convicted of murder, was taken into custody safely and with dignity - treatment he hadn't afforded to Mr Floyd for a fake $20 note,' writes Sky's sallylockwood

The former police officer was taken into custody safely and with dignity - treatment he hadn't afforded to Mr Floyd.

'Satisfying' to get justice, says Floyd murder witnessWhy you can trust Sky NewsWhen George Floyd bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 note, it triggered the wretched sequence of events that led to the end of his life.The teenager who served Mr Floyd was a key prosecution witness in the trial of his killer, former police officer Derek Chauvin.

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Christopher Martin said he has felt too scared to work in the shop since Mr Floyd's death but that giving evidence in the trial had brought him a sense of relief."That probably felt the best for me - to let everything out and get it off my chest and tell the world what really happened," he told Sky News.

"I thought it was very beneficial for getting justice for George and his family. So that was very satisfying."Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video playerDerek Chauvin is led out of the court room in handcuffsAfter the police were called Mr Martin was captured on CCTV with his hands on his head outside the store as he watched Mr Floyd's arrest unfold. On the witness stand he was asked what had been going through his mind.

"Disbelief and guilt," he told the court."If I would have just not taken the bill, this would have been avoided."Mr Martin had offered to pay for the cigarettes to make the issue go away - he didn't want it to escalate or to have the police called.

Image:Christopher Martin works in the shop where George Floyd allegedly tried to use a fake bank note. Pic: APBut it was out of his hands and he found himself thrust into the middle of a horrifying event, experiencing a sense of guilt for something that was not his fault.

When I asked him how it felt to hear a guilty verdict for Chauvin, his frown broke into a smile for a brief moment."It took a load off my back in a lot of ways," he said."I would say it was relieving."But even seeing Chauvin handcuffed in court, the inequality still felt stark. The former officer, convicted of murder, was taken into custody safely and with dignity - treatment he hadn't afforded to Mr Floyd for a fake $20 note.

"It just shows again what we have to deal with," Mr Martin said."He gets a nice good trial and he gets to be protected in prison for however long but obviously that's not the same for an African American."Image:Christopher Martin can be seen watching the arrest with his hands on his head.

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Chauvin's conviction is only the beginning of what is needed in terms of change.Mr Martin felt a sense of helplessness and fear of the police that day.He saw a black man being persecuted in custody, instead of protected.What does that tell a black teenager growing up in that community?

"I believe once they put their badge on they believe that they're better or higher up than other people and civilians and that gives them the"right" to treat people however they want to," Mr Martin said."It's sickening and there needs to be change immediately. Derek being guilty, that's one step. But there are a lot of areas that need work."

There is no doubt this has had a lasting impact on his life."It's something I'll carry to my grave," he said. Read more: Sky News »

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sallylockwood Two sides to that- had Lloyd complied with his requests it may have been a different story as it would not have allowed him to get to the situation where the officer could do that awful thing .. Lloyd was saying he could not breath with the car window up - so crying wolf .... sallylockwood More rubbish bias news from Skynews.

sallylockwood Floyd was such a lovely person by all accounts....... sallylockwood If only Mr.Floyd would have stood up quietly and put his hands behind his back to be handcuffed instead of struggling with police then we wouldn’t be in this position now. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♂️ sallylockwood Why is this still in discussion? It’s not news anymore, it’s history. Focus on law and order, which is a never ending problem in the USA and most countries.

sallylockwood You are indeed a great woman to be called, I assure you that I will bring friends to come and invest with you because of your excellent work you did for me. I will keep sharing the good news about you Hilaryannabel35 sallylockwood That convicted criminal Floyd was resisting arrest and fighting the police officers, so got treated as such, but Chauvin was doing as he was asked so he was treated as such

sallylockwood Saw an advert for sky news stating how it was the worlds impartial news broadcaster. sallylockwood coverage of the verdict had to be the most bias piece of journalism I’ve seen in along time. sallylockwood The same could be said of any killing or murder trial 🤷‍♂️ sallylockwood If Floyd had simply followed police instructions he would be alive.

sallylockwood Sky News is so super woke now. I remember when Murdoch owned it and it was way better. Sad.

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sallylockwood Thunder go fire that woman sallylockwood Sky news new presenters sallylockwood Sorry for this miss leading headline BUT Isn't Mr Chauvin complying with the Officer WHERE Mr Floyd did NOT ? IF Mr Floyd shown same compliance I'm sure he be here today and it would of been him being sentenced for money fraud.

sallylockwood It’s a completely different scenario! This is basic for a journalist to understand. Do better. sallylockwood Seriously what were they going to do other than handcuff him? Put him in a headlock and hit him with a baton to get him to walk out the room? Guess what he was compliant and caused no trouble so he was ushered out the same as a black murderer, a Chinese murderer, or a Mexican etc

sallylockwood What did you want? Justice or revenge? Being civilised means not acting like a lynch mob.

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George Floyd prosecutor says he felt BAD for killer cop Derek ChauvinKeith Ellison, right, who led the prosecution case in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, left, said he felt 'a little bad' for the former cop when he was found guilty of George Floyd's murder, bottom center. Really. Can't be human, and do what he did to George 😂 I don't feel bad for 'drunk on colonialism white power' killers in uniform - who have been killing black pple globally, throughout centuries. Psychopath Derek Chauvin is where he belongs. NSWJustice AuSenate WgarNews blakandblack NITV lidia__thorpe Unfortunately Chauvin did not see George Floyd as a human being when he kneeled on his neck until he died.

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