George Floyd Death Was "Murder, Not Policing"

George Floyd Death Was

After almost three weeks of testimony, closing arguments are set on Monday in Chauvin's murder trial.

Chauvin was "on top of him for nine minutes and 29 seconds and he had to know", Mr Schleicher said.

Earlier Monday, another prosecutor for the state, Steve Schleicher, argued that Chauvin recklessly squeezed the life from Floyd.

"Believe your eyes", he said.

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot dead in a Minneapolis suburb on April 11 by a white policewoman who apparently mistook her gun for her Taser, and a 13-year-old boy was killed by police in Chicago.

Officers responding around 3 a.m. Saturday found a severed pig's head on the front porch and blood on the residence, police said.

In a closing argument that lasted almost three hours, defense attorney Eric Nelson said Chauvin followed police procedure and acted reasonably when he restrained Floyd last May.

"He did not purposefully use unlawful force".

"He did what he did on objective, and it killed George Floyd", Schleicher stressed.

If the jurors decide that Derek Chauvin is not guilty on all counts, or guilty only of manslaughter - a lesser charge - the activists will march.

Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson countered by arguing that Chauvin did what any "reasonable" police officer would have done after finding himself in a "dynamic" and "fluid" situation involving a large man struggling with three police officers.

Wright's killing triggered several nights of protests in Minneapolis, and ahead of a verdict in Chauvin's case National Guard troops have been deployed in the Minnesota city where shop windows have been boarded up as a precaution. "We have to send that message to the police". Floyd, who is African American, was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill, and bystander video of the police response last May sparked widespread protests in the United States and other parts of the world against police brutality and racial inequality.

"George Floyd was not a threat to anyone", Schleicher said.

"It wasn't right. He was suffering", Frazier said.

Chauvin attended every day of the trial, dressed in a suit and taking notes on a yellow legal pad.

The fate of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, on trial for the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, is now in the hands of a jury.

"They had to overcome the barrier of being able to prosecute police officers", he said.

The defence contends not only that Chauvin acted reasonably but that 46-year-old Mr Floyd died of heart disease and illegal drug use, not Chauvin's actions. "Hold police officers accountable".

"He called him Mr. Officer".

People continue to lay flowers at the George Floyd Mural in Third Ward, Houston, TX, where Floyd grew up.

Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill issued final instructions to the jury after prosecutors and the defence attorney for Derek Chauvin made their closing arguments.

Three other former police officers - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng - also face charges in connection with George Floyd's death. The charges carry different maximum sentences: 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

They are to be tried separately later in the year.

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