Derek Chauvin’s lawyer begins trial alleging that he used “necessary” force when George Floyd was arrested
A lawyer representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin claimed that clients used “necessary” levels of force in arresting George Floyd on Monday morning, and Floyd’s death was Chauvin’s death. He launched a murder trial, claiming it was the result of a combination of uncontrolled factors. Chauvin was filmed when he was arrested in May 2020, with George Floyd, an African-American resident of Minneapolis, fixed to the ground. Floyd lost consciousness when Chauvin knelt down and was sentenced to death shortly after the incident. Floyd’s death caused protests against massive riots and police atrocities throughout U.S. Attorney Jerry Blackwell, who was appointed by state prosecutor Keith Ellison, prosecutors said Chauvin was using excessive force. He said it would indicate that he had killed Floyd. “You will find out that on May 25, 2020, Derek Chauvin betrayed this badge when he exerted excessive and unreasonable force on George Floyd’s body,” Blackwell said. During the trial, “evidence would show that there was no reason to use deadly force against a man who was defenseless, handcuffed, and not resisting,” Blackwell said. However, Blackwell added that the prosecution was not generally aimed at attacking police, but only on allegations against Chauvin. Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, continued his defense statement. Nelson said the defense would show that Chauvin acted reasonably well when he arrested Floyd. “You can see that Derek Chauvin did exactly what he was trained in during his 19-year career,” Nelson said. “The use of force is unattractive, but it is a necessary element of the police.” Nelson said his proceedings were built on evidence presented during the trial, regardless of political pressure outside the court. I emphasized that. “There is no social or political reason for this court,” Nelson said. On May 25, 2020, after an employee called the police, a police officer arrived at a convenience store and said Floyd used a $ 20 counterfeit note to buy cigarettes. Police arrested Floyd and tried to put him behind the police car. However, according to the arrest affidavit, Floyd got out of the car and fell to the ground, telling police that he was claustrophobic. After Chauvin arrived at the scene, he placed his knees on Floyd’s neck to secure Floyd. Chauvin kept pushing Floyd against the ground for more than eight minutes, repeatedly saying that Floyd couldn’t breathe. Floyd lost consciousness while pinned, and medical personnel arriving by ambulance were unable to revive him. The incident was captured on video and caused a massive riot in Minneapolis. Meanwhile, the riots burned down many businesses and the city’s third police station, where police officers arrested Floyd. All police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were dismissed from the department. The riots spread to cities across the United States, causing $ 1 to $ 2 billion in losses. Floyd’s death also caused a large wave of protests against police atrocities. However, the move to seek police defense has faced resistance in Minneapolis itself, and in February the city council resolved to increase the police budget to attract recruits to the troops. Chauvin has been charged with two unintentional murders, three murders, and two manslaughter charges. After the first resistance, Judge Peter Cayhill of the Hennepin County District Court agreed to plead guilty to third-class murder earlier this month.