Minneapolis was this week on a knife-edge as the world followed live court proceedings on ex-police officer Derek Chauvin’s fate – a jury ruling, which could have further polarised the racially-divided America, had Chauvin been found not guilty. Last year’s chilling footage of Chauvin kneeling for nine minutes on the neck of helpless African-American George Floyd, who died during the shocking incident, should be seen as yet another reminder of the depth of the US spectre of racism – in a country that has prided itself as a torch-bearer of human rights. A slap on the wrist would have…

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