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US police face no consequences for violating constitutional rights of ordinary citizens: Analyst

Demonstrators hold signs honouring George Floyd and other victims of racism as they gather during a protest outside Hennepin County Government Center on March 28, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by AFP)

International lawyer Barry Grossman says the murder trial of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death will have no bearing on how law enforcement treats African Americans in the United States.

“I think certainly police unions and state police departments are completely out of touch with what is decided by the judiciary… when it comes to ordinary people’s constitutional rights to be secure against unreasonable police action,” Grossman told Press TV.

The trial of Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes during an arrest encounter last May, wrapped up this week in Minneapolis with heart-wrenching eyewitness accounts of Floyd’s death.

Their testimony will be key for prosecutors because the defense argues Floyd died from a combination of medical issues, drug use and his struggle with police.

Prosecutors say he died from excessive use of force, specifically Chauvin's knee on his neck, which was captured on video by a bystander and was shown to the jury during the trial.

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