CNN’s Don Lemon mourns George Floyd for 9 minutes, 29 secs

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Whereas talking on the killing of George Floyd and the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with homicide and manslaughter, CNN anchor Don Lemon saved time for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

“Eight minutes and 46 seconds … that’s a very long time,” Lemon mentioned Monday on “CNN Tonight.” “You’ve heard that’s how lengthy white police officer … Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of a Black man, George Floyd, as he begged for his life. …

“[W]e discovered at the moment that it was for much longer than that. He stayed on George Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. So I simply wish to put one thing up on the display screen for you as I’m doing this … I’m going to run a clock on the display screen for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. It’s an excruciatingly very long time — for much longer than you suppose. And it goes on and on and on.”

Chauvin is on trial this week for the killing of Floyd, which sparked worldwide protests final yr condemning systemic racism and police brutality. Throughout the first day of the trial, prosecutors offered the notorious video of Chauvin pinning Floyd to the bottom as he gasped for air, repeatedly advised police he couldn’t breathe and finally stopped shifting.

“I’m going to go on with the present, and I simply need you to consider the time, if somebody’s knee is in your neck and so they’re stopping you from respiratory,” Lemon continued. “However even that horrific quantity doesn’t start to inform you what occurred to George Floyd, doesn’t start to inform you how he struggled to get air in his lungs. …

“How he cried out in ache, begged for his mom. How the group pleaded with police to cease … whereas Derek Chauvin simply saved his knee on his neck. 9 minutes and 29 seconds. All of this occurring on a Minneapolis avenue in broad daylight. And it was caught on digital camera. … That is one minute now.”

Shortly after Floyd’s dying, Chauvin and his fellow officers concerned had been fired from the Minneapolis police drive. He now stands trial for unintentional second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and manslaughter. If convicted of second-degree homicide, he might spend as much as 40 years in jail.

Monday’s trial additionally featured audio from a cellphone name between an obligation sergeant and a police dispatcher, who testified that she watched stay surveillance footage of Floyd’s violent arrest in real-time and instantly reported the incident to the sergeant as a result of “my instincts had been telling me that one thing is mistaken.”

The Chauvin trial will proceed this week, whereas the opposite three ex-officers concerned in Floyd’s arrest and killing will probably be tried in August. Towards the tip of Monday’s “CNN Tonight” section on the proceedings, Lemon described his response to the video proof of Chauvin urgent his knee into Floyd’s neck.

“I noticed it at the moment for the primary time in months since final summer season, and each time is like the primary time,” Lemon mentioned because the onscreen clock was ticking. “All I saved saying was, ‘OK, sufficient.’ … Regardless that you already know what occurs ultimately, as you’re watching that video, I believe all of us have the identical response: ‘OK, OK, OK, OK. … You’ll be able to take it off his neck now. Let the person breathe.’

“It’s so arduous to look at that video, however we simply can’t look away from it. That’s not justice. That’s not deescalation. That’s not what law enforcement officials are alleged to do.”

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