U.S. city on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict — George Floyd


After three weeks of emotional testimony, Chauvin's fate will be decided by 12 jurors inside a downtown Minneapolis courthouse guarded by razor wire and National Guard troops.

She says it's undeniable the impact the infamously viral video of George Floyd's death has on anyone who watches it.

"This was murder", the prosecutor said in closing arguments on Monday.

"You can believe your eyes", Schleicher said. The lawyer said Chauvin had "techniques at his disposal" that included controlled takedowns and neck restraints to subdue a suspect who was not complying with police orders.

An unidentified woman occupied the single seat set aside in the pandemic-spaced courtroom for a Chauvin supporter.

A retired forensic pathologist put on the stand by the defense said Floyd died of cardiac arrest brought on by heart disease and the illegal drugs fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The city has also been on edge in recent days over the the police killing of a 20-year-old Black man in a nearby suburb on April 11.

The defense also called a retired police officer who said Chauvin's use of force against Floyd was "justified". I can't breathe.' And he said those words to Mr. Officer.

Nelson stressed that Chauvin's actions were in line with his department training, saying they amounted to "an authorized use of force as unattractive as it may be".

Corrections & Amplifications Steve Schleicher was among those on the prosecution team who have sought to prove that George Floyd died from being restrained in a manner counter to officer training.

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"The only witness that will be talking to you when you're back in deliberation.is common sense; that witness is common sense", Blackwell said.

And he rejected the theory that Floyd died because of an enlarged heart: "The truth of the matter is that the reason George Floyd is dead is because Mr. Chauvin's heart was too small". "These are officers doing their job", Nelson said. "Trapped with the unyielding pavement underneath him".

The second-degree unintentional murder charge alleges Chauvin caused Floyd's death "without intent" while committing or attempting to commit felony third-degree assault.

"Frankly, the numbers are not on the side of guilty verdicts, so that's important", Brown said. A conviction on any of the charges - second-degree murder, third-degree murder or manslaughter - will require the jury to return a unanimous verdict. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter over Floyd's May 25, 2020 death, which sparked protests against racial injustice around the world and is being seen as a landmark test of police accountability.

In a statement released after Brodd's testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro distanced himself from his department's former officer.

Schleicher rejected the drug overdose argument, as well as the contention that police were distracted by hostile onlookers, that Floyd had "superhuman" strength from a state of agitation known as excited delirium, and that he suffered possible carbon monoxide poisoning from auto exhaust.

The prosecutor further argued that Floyd was "not a threat to anyone" and wasn't trying to escape when he struggled with officers.

"He was not trying to hurt anyone".

Derek Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges for his role in the death of George Floyd. And none was shown on that day. "All that was required was a little compassion and none was shown on that day". Schleicher asked before playing a video of Chauvin replying, "Uh-huh" several times as Floyd cried out.