As court broke for lunch on the 12th day of the Derek Chauvin murder trial yesterday, the grounds of Hennepin county government center filled with grieving families.
In a poignant news conference, distraught relatives of Daunte Wright and George Floyd took turns talking about the parallels between the two cases of fatal police violence and the grief they were experiencing in the aftermath. Snow fell and wind whipped the microphones.
“The world is traumatized, watching another African American man being slain. Every day I wake up, I never thought that this world could be in so much disorder like it is now,” said Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, who testified in court on Monday. “Minneapolis, you all can’t sweep this under the rug any more. We’re here and we will fight for justice for this family, just like we’ll fight for justice for our brother.”
The civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, now representing both families, was incredulous.
“It is unbelievable, something I cannot fathom, that in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a suburb 10 miles from where the Chauvin trial regarding George Floyd was taking place, that a police officer would shoot and kill another unarmed black man,” Crump said.
He continued: “If ever there was a time where nobody in America should be killed by police, it was during this pinnacle trial of Derek Chauvin, what I believe is one of the most impactful civil rights, police excessive use of force cases in the history of America.”