The indictment is nearing its end in the trial of a former police officer at Floyd’s death

Minneapolis (AP) — Trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged with George Floyd Death entered the third week of Monday, and the state was built on the testimony of a scorching witness, the official refusal of neck detention, and the testimony of experts who attributed Floyd’s death to oxygen deficiency. We are nearing the end.

Derek ChauvinA 45-year-old white man has been charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd’s death on May 25. Police were called to a nearby market where black Floyd was accused of trying to pass counterfeit banknotes. Video of Floyd’s bystander. Chauvin and two other officers shouted “I can’t breathe” and were pinned when they grew up. Sparkling protests and scattered violence All over America

Chauvin Attorney Eric Nelson Floyd’s death claims to have been caused by underlying health conditions, including substance use and poor heart. He will call his medical professional after the prosecution has put the case together, scheduled earlier this week.Nelson does not say Whether Chauvin testifies..

The second week of the trial was dominated by technical testimony. Minneapolis Police Officer,including Chief Medallia AradondoTestify to Chauvin’s detention of Floyd Violated department policy.

Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Police officials testified that while police officers may cross a person’s back or shoulders with their knees to gain or maintain control, they are also taught about the specific dangers of a person in Floyd’s position. .. And how should such a person be repositioned in the lateral recovery position as soon as possible?

Prosecutors called a series of medical professionals to testify that Floyd had died from lack of oxygen. Dr. Martin TobinA lung and critical care expert, he guided the jury with graphics and charts, analyzing evidence from the video and making the jury feel his neck.

Tobin testified that Chauvin’s knees, as well as other factors, made Floyd’s breathing difficult. The policeman lifted the handcuffs, paved hard, turned his head, and turned his knees to his back. He pointed out exactly the moment he said he could see Floyd take his breath — and said Chauvin’s knees remained on Floyd’s neck for another 3 minutes and 2 seconds.

“At first, he was conscious, with a slight flicker, and then disappeared,” Tobin said, emphasizing still images from police body camera videos. “It’s the moment when life disappears from his body.”

Nelson sought to raise suspicions about the prosecution’s case. During his testimony about the use of Chauvin’s neck restraint, he tried to point out the moment in the video footage when he said that Chauvin’s knees did not appear to be on Floyd’s neck.And he asked the officer again how Crowds gathering It may affect the use of force by police officers.

A potential gap in the prosecutor’s case was revealed on Friday by the chief inspector general of Hennepin County. Dr. Andrew Baker, testimony The police’s way of holding down Floyd and squeezing his neck was “more than Mr. Floyd could have taken,” given his heart problems.

Baker did not believe that Floyd’s death was suffocated, as some prosecution medical professionals did. And he said that neither Floyd’s heart problems nor narcotics caused his death, but he agreed with Nelson that those factors “played a role” in death.

Ted Sampsel Jones, a law professor at Mitchell Hamline School in St. Paul, Minnesota, said Baker’s testimony may raise reasonable doubts about the cause of death, but the legal criteria for establishing a causal relationship. Said it was very low. The state must only show that Chauvin’s actions were the cause of the substantial contribution.

“If the state had to show that Chauvin’s actions were the only or major cause of death, the case would really be a problem,” said Sampsel Jones.


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Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan.

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