A lawyer representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin claimed that his clients had used “necessary” levels of force in arresting George Floyd on Monday morning, and Floyd’s death was in Chauvin’s. 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 massive riots and protests against police atrocities across the United States
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell, who was appointed to prosecution by state attorney General Keith Ellison, said prosecutors would show that Chauvin had killed Floyd through excessive use of force.
“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 emphasized that his proceedings were built on evidence presented during the trial, regardless of political pressure outside the court.
“There is no social or political reason for this court,” Nelson said.
On May 25, 2020, police arrived at a convenience store after an employee called the police. Police arrested Floyd and tried to put him behind the police car. But Floyd got out of the car and fell to the ground, Tell the officer According to the arrest affidavit, he suffered from claustrophobia.
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.
Riots spread to cities across the United States, Cause $ 1 to $ 2 billion in damages. Floyd’s death also caused a large wave of protests against police atrocities. This includes activists calling for a full refund at the police station.But the push to Defund the Police faced resistance in Minneapolis itself, where the city council is located. Voted In February, increase police budget to attract recruits to 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 I agreed Earlier this month, he pleaded guilty to third-class murder.