The jury will hear the closing arguments from both sides on Monday before they start negotiating on whether the way the former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on George Floyd’s neck in his dying moment was murder.
Prosecutors told the jury that they weighed the guilt of only one person, but their decisions will not be seen broadly as a calculation of how black people are treated in the United States. Chauvin, a white police officer, pushed his knees to Floyd’s neck, a 46-year-old black handcuffs, for more than nine minutes on May 25, 2020, outside the grocery store that accused Floyd of using a fake $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
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In a video caught by a bystander during the incident, Floyd can be seen begging life before falling limp scandalized people worldwide. Floyd’s face image has ever become an icon for the biggest protest movement in the United States in decades.
Hennepin County’s medical examiner head ruled Floyd’s death as murder at the hands of police. The prosecutor from the Ministry of Attorney General’s Office in Minnesota said Chauvin used unreasonable force, and therefore illegal, forced in compressing Floyd’s neck and torso against the road in a way that was starving from oxygen.
Chauvin’s lawyer argued that he implemented his training that he received during his more than 19 years with the Minneapolis Police Department, who fired him on the day after the arrest of Floyd and tried to raise doubts about Floyd’s death.
As the angry protests swell following the death of another black motorist, Daunte Wright, Minneapolis, and state officials have increased security precautions in the city. The tower where the courtroom sits sounded with barbed wire, high barriers, and armed soldiers from National Guard. Meanwhile, massive drab-colored military vehicles have become a common sight in the city. Chauvin pleaded innocent to the charges of second-degree murder, accidental murder, the third degree “depraved mind”, and second level manslaughter.
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