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George Floyd’s family relives his death during Derek Chauvin trial

first_imgABC NewsBy Lauren Pearle, Allie Yang and Haley Yamada, ABC News(NEW YORK) — As the world watches the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd in 2020, Floyd’s family say they refuse to let his memory be tarnished.When video of Floyd’s death was posted online last year, it awoke a new reckoning on policing and discrimination of Black people in the United States. Many say they are looking to the trial to see whether police officers will be held accountable for violence and deaths while on duty in the future.“To actually be in the courtroom and hear them talking about the whole case again and actually seeing Chauvin in the courtroom, it was kind of surreal and intense and emotional,” Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, told ABC News Live.Chauvin faces three charges: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and a lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty.Floyd, 46, died May 25, 2020, while being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes. Video showed Chauvin, a white police officer, kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes while Floyd repeatedly cried out, “I can’t breathe.”Since the trial began on Monday, a variety of witnesses have delivered emotional testimonies of what they saw during the fatal arrest.“All the witnesses, I just listen to them, and I see that not only do our family, the Floyd family, have to relive this, they have to relive this, too,” said Terrence Floyd, who was present in the courtroom. “So, I just want to send my prayers out to them too, because they’re actually reliving it as we are as well.”Former officers J. Alexander Kueng and two other officers, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, were charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin and those three officers were all fired. Kueng, Lane and Thao are scheduled to begin their trial in August and have not yet formally entered a plea.Floyd’s sister, Bridgett Floyd, visited a Salvation Army food distribution center in Minneapolis on Thursday morning. She loaded boxes with food, as her brother did when he worked at a Salvation Army in the city, and said she was doing it to honor him.Bridgett Floyd told ABC News on Monday she refused to watch the opening statements.“I am not ready to see the video of my brother being murdered,” she said.Bridgett Floyd also weighed in on the defense’s argument that drugs found in her brother’s system caused his death.“They would find any way possible for this police officer to not look bad. But the whole world saw what happened to him,” she said. “The drugs that they say they found in his system did not kill him … [it] was the pressure that was kneeled down in his neck. It’s not surprising to me but one thing’s for sure … the world [has] seen how my brother left this world.”In March, Floyd’s family settled with the Minneapolis City Council for $27 million. Chauvin’s trial is expected to last about four weeks.Terrence Floyd said he’s putting his confidence in the justice system.“I’m confident justice will be served,” he said. “I’m actually putting my trust in the system, and I hope they don’t fail me.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Cool pool, top location seal deal in Woody Point

first_imgThe home at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.“People have pools on their mind with summer so close and this one had such an inviting pool,” he said. “The street is also a very reputable street and it has always had a good name on the Peninsula.” Mr Philp said the Woody Point market was strong across all price ranges. “I think the strong market has a lot to do with the Sydney market,” he said.“They’ve experienced that boom, boom, boom over a short amount of time and know it can happen here … Sydney buyers help lift the confidence in the area.” The home at 24A Clifford St, Woody Point.AN INVITING swimming pool and a seaside location have ensured the sale of a modern family home in Woody Point. Marketing agent Brendan Philp, of Abode Properties, said the property at 24A Clifford St sold for $740,000. “We had a lot of local interest in this one, as well as interest from Sydney,” he said. “They were all families and all owner-occupiers. “In the end we had four parties who were keen (but) it was a local family who bought it.” More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Mr Philp said buyers loved the entertaining area and the location.last_img read more

Monk eyeing further progress

first_img Monk has managed to keep key players like skipper Ashley Williams, striker Bafetimbi Gomis and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, the latter signing a new four-year deal on Thursday amid reported interest from Serie A giants Roma. He also did his summer transfer business early with international forwards Andre Ayew and Eder, France Under-21 defender Franck Tabanou and Sweden goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt integrated into the Swansea squad at the start of pre-season. “We’ve had good preparation time with the group, they’ve put a lot of hard work in on both the physical and football side of things,” Monk said. “The group were together very early and the new signings were here early as part of our plan. “It’s an advantage because we’ve had five or six weeks with the whole group while other clubs are still looking to bring in players. “We got to a good level last year with the expectations of how I want them to work but now it’s about improving tactically, physically, technically – and that’s what we’ve been working on. “We have sat down and shown them how much they have improved and how much they can improve. “We have showcased situations on the pitch when it’s been negative and they’ve not dealt with it properly, then – after work with them to put it right – how they dealt with it properly and how it becomes second nature. “That’s how we are trying to improve, how to attack stronger and quicker, keep the ball better, how we defend certain areas of the pitch.” Monk has had no joy against Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in the past, losing every one of their three previous meetings with the most recent being a 5-0 thrashing at the Liberty Stadium in January. “We conceded nine against them last year, which wasn’t good enough at all,” Monk said. “There weren’t many times I could say I was gutted with a performance but the one at home was one of them. “But Jose is tactically one of the best managers in the league. “He’s very clever in his approach, his team is so adaptable in playing different ways and brilliant to watch. “They’ve set the standard for everyone and when I come up against Jose I know I’m in for an interesting afternoon.” Monk has valid reason to curse his side’s start away to champions Chelsea on Saturday evening – “I don’t think the fixture computer likes us very much,” – as 12 months ago Swansea started their campaign at Manchester United. But Swansea spoiled Louis van Gaal’s Old Trafford bow that day by winning 2-1 and, while many observers feel Monk has his work cut out to repeat last term’s eighth-placed finish and 56-point haul, the 36-year-old feels the current squad is in a healthy place. Press Association Garry Monk feels Swansea are in good shape to build on last season’s best Premier League finish and record points total.last_img read more