OP-ED: Derek Chauvin is on Trial not George Floyd

As we enter day 8 of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, it is still apparent that some in the media are more focused on the character of Floyd than the guilt of Chauvin.

Leading up to Chauvin’s trial conservative stars like Tucker Carlson and Candace Owens keep claiming George Floyd wasn’t killed by police. Once the trial began people in their circles continued to blame Floyd’s death on drugs and not compression to his throat.

If anyone has watched just a few moments of the trial it is obvious that Floyd was murdered. The testimony by the eyewitness, while difficult to watch is proof alone, and this is without the videotape!

The continued attack on Floyd’s character by right wing media is disturbing at best. This victim blaming puts us in the position to proof that Floyd did not deserve to die, rather than that he was murdered.

The truth is this, regardless of what Floyd did in his past he did not deserve to be held down by the neck for nearly 9 minutes. Regardless of any crime he may have committed that day or in the past, Chauvin was not in any right to play judge, jury and executioner.

The trial is expected to go on for weeks and as more evidence is presented most Americans agree that Floyd was murdered. Yet there is still voices on national media and on social media that continue to blame Floyd for the person he was, ignoring what was done to him by an officer of the law. It is clear to us that these individuals have the wrong person on trial.

George Floyd never had the chance to prove if he was innocent or guilty. He did not get his day in court. Rather than that he was murdered on the streets of Minneapolis, and in our opinion it was not for the petty crime of a counterfeit $20 bill, but for the crime of being a Black man in America.

It is time as this trial continues to remember that it is not George Floyd who is on trial, it is Derek Chauvin.

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