WASHINGTON – As she watched the Derek Chauvin cancel trial, Residence Speaker Nancy Pelosi was struck by the teenage girl who took the viral video of the Minneapolis Police officer as he knelt on George Floyd for nearly nine minutes in what Pelosi called a “public assassination.”
Darnella Frazier, 18, testified March 30 that she remains haunted by the tragedy, staying up some nights “apologizing and apologizing to George Floyd for now not doing extra and now not physically interacting and now not saving his lifestyles.”
Pelosi, D-Calif., said it hit a nerve.
“I feel sad about the spectators, and that that younger woman who said she’s up all night because she wonders what she may well have done in a different way,” Pelosi said. “I mediate if any of us was there, we would have gone up and excellent pulled him off him. However we may have gotten shot, and that’s probably why somebody did now not pull him off.”
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Pelosimirrored on the Chauvin trial in a vast-ranging interview with USA TODAY at her Capitol Hill place of labor Tuesday. The killing of Floyd, which sparked nationwide Black Lives Matter protests last summer, brought on the Residence to pass a police reform bill that bears Floyd’s name.
Although she has now not watched a lot of the trial, Pelosi said she has followed information accounts and kept abreast of traits. The testimony has made her angry as effectively as sad as she identified with the anguish and a feeling of helplessness she said bystanders should always have felt as Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck in May.
Whereas she said she has deep respect for law enforcement, Pelosi said “that is now not really a license to abolish. And that’s what happened. That was a public assassination of George Floyd.”
The speaker informed USA TODAY that she continues to maintain law enforcement generally in excessive regard regardless of calls from some in her party to “defund the police,” a rallying weep she has commonly – including again Tuesday – swatted down.
“Neglect that. That has no place,” she said. “Safety is essential to everyone’s lives. However I fetch the (Chauvin) trial so disappointing. And maybe my disappointment springs from my expectation that these are our protectors.”