Frontline: "Police On Trial" 31 MAY 22

FRONTLINE and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters from local journalism partner Star Tribune examine one of the most pivotal events in the history of race and policing in America.

The documentary “Police on Trial” draws on unique on-the-ground reporting and filming, from the earliest days after George Floyd’s death, to documenting the trial and murder conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin, to ongoing struggles for police accountability and reform in Minneapolis.

p.s. Before George Floyd, Officer Chauvin displayed the same “signature move” of kneeling on subdued victim’s necks. Here we have accounts from two people who couldn’t believe the officer who knelt on their necks was the same officer who killed George Floyd.

Chauvin’s vile past of police brutality is discussed here as two new lawsuits have been filed against Chauvin and the MPD:

Frontline headline: Chauvin, MPD Named in 2 Federal Excessive Force Lawsuits Dating to 2017, Involving Teenager, Woman…

Pope’s was one of two federal lawsuits filed against Chauvin and the city by Bennett on Tuesday that accused the ex-officer of using the same dangerous restraint. The teenager’s lawsuit calls Chauvin a “serial predator” with a “signature move” of placing his knee on the neck of prone, handcuffed arrestees.

Bennett’s second lawsuit was filed on behalf of Zoya Code. The 39-year-old mother of five said said in an interview that Chauvin’s acts traumatized her since he kneeled on her neck in 2017.

“I didn’t know his name. All I knew was he was a police officer with Minneapolis Police Department,” she said. “I didn’t know what precinct he was at. All I knew was his face. [Chauvin] haunted me until I seen him on top of George.”