George Floyd’s cousins, brothers and nephew, along with lawyers representing the family gathered in front of the courthouse Monday morning, linking arms in a moment of reflection ahead of the trial.
Civil right lawyer Ben Crump said: “Today starts a landmark trial that will be a referendum on how far America has come in its quest for equality and justice for all.
“It will be prima facie evidence. The whole world is watching.”
He continued: “This murder case is not hard when you watch that torture video of George Floyd.
“And we have to call it what it is: it was torture.