Now it’s white America on trial
The jury of 12 black, white and multiracial Americans repeatedly watched the video of white policeman Derek Chauvin kneel on the neck of the black George Floyd for 9 minutes 29 seconds until he died. How could they not convict, asks the Chicago Sun-Tribune. “Tuesday was a good day for America.” But as well as that damning footage, the jury witnessed another historic sight: “cops finally crossing the thin blue line to testify against one of their own”. Chauvin’s actions on May 25 last year were just too appalling. Across America, good cops knew that “the integrity of their profession, finally and unavoidably, was on the line”.