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‘A bad dream’: George Floyd trial revives painful memories

Floyd’s uncle says the trial is ‘like somebody sticks their hand in your chest and rips your heart out’.

Minneapolis, US – Selwyn Jones lived a quiet life within the small city of Gettysburg, South Dakota. He and his spouse run a resort within the city with a inhabitants of 1,300 individuals. Their day-to-day life is much faraway from the epicentre of the battle for racial justice towards police brutality.

That all modified on May 25, 2020, when George Floyd was killed after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck for 9.29 seconds, sparking worldwide protests towards police brutality.

Selwyn Jones is Floyd’s uncle.

Jones, 54, and his spouse, Joie, are in Minneapolis to accompany the path. On Friday, after the primary week of the Chauvin homicide trial concluded, Jones spoke completely to Al Jazeera.

“This is all like a bad dream,” he stated. “You see somebody that you loved and cherished for 45, 46 years and one day he’s gone.”

Jones stated the defence utilizing his drug dependancy guilty his loss of life is painful [Al Jazeera screenshot]

Jones stated it has been exhausting to relive Floyd’s loss of life within the trial. “It’s like somebody sticks their hand in your chest and rips your heart out.”

Jones stated it was notably exhausting to look at the surveillance digicam footage from Cup Foods, the comfort retailer Floyd was in earlier than he died. The video confirmed Floyd at occasions fidgety, however different occasions laughing and being playful.

The police have been referred to as to the shop when it was suspected Floyd used a pretend $20 invoice to purchase cigarettes.

“When I saw that video of him in the store, that’s us, laughing, dancing, you know what I am saying? And to know that he got killed. No, murdered, all for $19 and 100 pennies.”

Demonstrators maintain indicators depicting George Floyd [File: Caitlin Ochs/Reuters]

‘Mad at the system’

Floyd informed Al Jazeera he hopes his nephew’s loss of life can assist change the US system of justice to be fairer in the direction of Black males.

“I’m not mad at any individual person now,” he stated. “I’m mad at the system. So if we can get this [trial] done and get a good conclusion we can then fix the system. Because we have an opportunity for the first time ever to fix the system because of the death of my nephew.”

Chauvin’s defence lawyer stated in opening statements they may argue Floyd didn’t die from the chokehold, however fairly from medicine present in Floyd’s system on the time of the incident.

While the prosecution admits Floyd struggled with opioid dependancy, Jones stated the defence utilizing that guilty his loss of life is painful and misguiding.

“There have been plenty of people in this world who have been high before that didn’t get murdered in the middle of the street like a dog,” Jones stated.

“[The defence] is trying to assassinate [Floyd’s] character. It’s a proven fact Floyd had an issue, he had demons. But his demons did not put him in a situation to get killed. He wasn’t fighting, he wasn’t arguing, he wasn’t doing any of those things that you would coincide with being murdered.”

While most authorized onlookers say the prosecution has placed on a powerful case up to now, Jones stated he isn’t certain Chauvin will probably be convicted.

“We’ll see,” he stated. “I am waiting. I’ve been living a long time and nothing surprises me any more. I am going to keep waiting and hope things come out the way they are supposed to.”

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