A jury in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was accused of killing George Floyd last year, has retired to consider the verdict.
The prosecution told the jury that Chauvin had killed Floyd, but lawyers said their clients had properly followed police training.
The court is protected by barbed wire, high barriers, and armed soldiers from the National Guard.
Cities across the country are preparing for protests, regardless of the ruling.
On Monday, the prosecution and defense made closing arguments in a three-week trial. The prosecution then had another opportunity to refute the defense’s allegations before the jury was sent to deliberations.
How was the defense summarized?
Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, said his client was a “reasonable police officer” after a “dynamic” and “fluid” situation in which a big man competed with three police officers. Claimed to have done what he would have done.
He said Chauvin’s body camera and badge were knocked off his chest because of “the fierceness of the struggle.”
Nelson also argued that Floyd’s drug use was “important” because the body responds to opioid use, especially in people diagnosed with high blood pressure and high blood pressure.
The lawyer also argued that his client was unlikely to intentionally violate the use of force rules because he knew that the entire interaction was recorded. “Executives know they are recorded on video,” Nelson added.
How did the prosecution summarize it?
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher told the jury, “Use common sense. Believe in your eyes. You see,” referring to a video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd on May 25, last year. I saw what I had. “
“This wasn’t the police. It was a murder,” he added.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said his last words on Monday. He said the problem was “simple enough for a child to understand it.”
“In fact, when the nine-year-old girl said,’Get off him,’ the kid understood that,” Blackwell said, referring to a young spectator who opposed it. “It was very easy.’Get off him.’ Common sense.”
What happened now?
The jury will be quarantined to review testimony from 45 witnesses, including doctors, use of force experts, police officers, bystanders, and those who were near Mr. Floyd.
Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the most serious offense-second murder. Of the 12 juries, 6 are white, 4 are black, and 2 are multi-ethnic. Seven are women and five are men.
Defendants have been charged with second-class unintentional murder, third-class murder, and manslaughter.
A conviction of any of the counts against him would require the jury to return a unanimous verdict. If one jury presents the jury, the trial will fail, but the state will be able to retrial Mr. Chauvin.
How is the United States preparing for the verdict?
The footage of Chauvin standing on the floor, with black Floyd shouting “I can’t breathe,” spurred months of global protests in 2020.
On Monday, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz called on Ohio and Nebraska for security assistance prior to the ruling.
The Democratic Party received great criticism after the riots last year damaged more than 1,000 buildings and businesses.
Early on Sunday, two National Guard guards in the neighborhood in Minneapolis escaped with minor injuries when shot by drive-by shooting.
What happens if I have a verdict?
Tara McKelbay, BBC News, Minneapolis
The streets around the courtroom were quiet on Monday morning, but locals are watching what happens if the verdict is given.
One activist says they will be on the streets, regardless of what the verdict was.
If the jury determines that Derek Chauvin is not guilty in all respects, or is guilty of manslaughter alone, the activist marches.
But even if he was found guilty in all respects, the activists still march-as one of them said, a “celebration protest.”
In that case, campaign participants show that they are happy with the verdict and go out to the streets to demand justice from others who died during police detention.
What else happened in court?
After the jury was dispatched on Monday, Judge Peter Kerrhill made a final attempt to declare Chauvin’s defense lawyer’s trial invalid due to media coverage and comments by the House of Representatives. Rejected.
Nelson suggested that a statement made by Democratic Party representative Maxine Waters over the weekend may have affected the jury.
Ms. Waters spoke on Saturday at the Brooklyn Center on the outskirts of Minneapolis, where a 20-year-old black man, Killing of Daunte, was shot deadly by police officers last week.
If Chauvin’s trial wasn’t convicted, Waters said, “Then we know we have to fight for justice, not just stay on the street.”
She also rejected the curfew, saying, “We need to be more in conflict. We need to make sure they know what we mean by business.”
In court, Nelson described Waters’ comment as “a threat to the sacredness of the jury process.”
“Now there are US representatives who threaten violence in connection with this incident, which is daunting to me,” Nelson said.
In response, Judge Cayhill said, “Gives you that Congressman Waters may have given you something about an appeal that could overturn this case.”
“We want elected civil servants to stop talking about the case, especially in a manner rude to the rule of law,” the judge said.
“It’s a shame they didn’t,” he said.
However, he dismissed Nelson’s allegations of illicit trial because he said Mr Waters’s “opinions are not really that important.”
Earlier Monday, US House of Representatives Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi defended Mr Waters for her remarks and claimed that there was no reason to apologize.