EDITORIAL: Justice goes on trial in Minneapolis as world watches on live TV

James Bennett, The Anniston Star, Ala.
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Apr. 2—George Floyd's death in Minneapolis set the stage this week for a dramatic trial of the officer accused of killing him.

With the case being shown on live television, the eyes of millions have been glued on Derek Chauvin, who was seen on tape restraining Floyd by putting his knee on his throat.

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James Bennett is Executive Editor. Contact him at 256-235-3540 or jbennett@annistonstar.com.