Ahead of the opening arguments on Monday in the trial of the white police officer, Derek Chauvin accused of killing the Black man, George Floyd whose agonizing death ignited protests against racism and police brutality across the United States and around the world on Monday, Floyd’s family has demanded that justice must be serve.
Chauvin was accused of killing George Floyd in May last year, after he was recorded by passers-by in the city of Minneapolis kneeling on the neck of Floyd, who was black, for more than nine minutes.
44-year-old Chauvin who was fired from the police force along with three other officers, could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious charge — second-degree murder.
Ahead of the trial, family and friends of George Floyd held a vigil and prayer service in Minneapolis. His brother Terrence said “we are [a] God-fearing family, we [are] church people. So, therefore, I’m just going to end it on this – we’re asking the system for the justice”.
Another of his brothers, Philonise Floyd, told reporters on Sunday: “I have a big hole right now in my heart. It can’t be patched up… I need justice for George. We need a conviction.”
Prosecutors are expected to play the video showing Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck early on in the trial. In order to secure a conviction, they must prove that his conduct was a “substantial causal factor” in Floyd’s death.
While, Chauvin’s defence team is expected to focus on the fact that Floyd used drugs before his arrest which may have contributed to his death, along with underlying health conditions, and whether Chauvin followed police procedure.
India: Delhi Announces Lockdown As COVID Cases Surge
India’s capital city, Delhi, has announced a week-long lockdown effective today, Monday, after the city recorded a spike in number of infections that has now overwhelmed the city’s healthcare system.
Government offices and essential services, such as hospitals, pharmacies and grocers, are open during the lockdown.
Delhi recorded nearly twenty-five hundred cases of the coronavirus infections on Sunday alone.
India has been reeling from a deadly second wave since early April causing a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies.
India has the fourth highest number of deaths after the United States, Brazil and Mexico – though, among a population of nearly one and a half billion.
Delhi state’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal says the healthcare system is at a breaking point, and if a lockdown is not put in place now, the country will be looking at a bigger disaster.
Families Reunite As Australia-New Zealand ‘Travel Bubble’ Begins
Hundreds of passengers from Australia have started arriving at New Zealand airports on Monday after authorities reopened borders, in a process that allows quarantine-free travel between the countries for the first time in more than a year.
New Zealand had enforced isolation for arrivals from its neighbour, citing concerns about sporadic virus outbreaks there.
New Zealand prime minister, Jacinda Ardern told reporters in wellington, this bubble marks a significant step in New Zealand’s reconnection with the world.
Ardern said Australian prime minister Scott Morrison and foreign minister Marise Payne would visit New Zealand very soon.
Boris Johnson Cancels India Trip Amid COVID Surge
British prime minister Boris Johnson has cancelled a planned trip to India, originally planned for next week, because of the rise in India’s COVID-19 cases.
India is enduring a second wave of the virus, with infections passing the 15 million mark.
Johnson had already postponed the trip once in January, when COVID-19 infections were high in Britain.
Now that the trip has been cancelled, prime ministers Modi and Johnson will speak later this month to agree and launch their ambitious plans for the future partnership between the UK and India.
Britain has invited India to attend the G7 summit it will host in June.
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