Trial Derek Chauvin, The former Minneapolis Police officer accused of murder George Floyd, Last May, an unarmed black man is nearing the end.
Closing arguments will be set on Monday after three weeks of testimony, from which the jury can begin deliberations.
The jury is then isolated from the outside world to determine the verdict. This can take hours to weeks.
There is a great deal of witness testimony and evidence for the jury to consider, and it is unclear how long it will take for the jury to announce the decision. It is difficult to predict the length of a jury deliberation.
Last week, Judge Peter Carhill turned to the jury and warned the jury to pack a bag when he returned on Monday. “If I were you, I would plan for a long time [deliberations] And I hope it’s short, “he told them.
Chauvin faced three murder charges and went to court call The right to amend the fifth amendment not to testify in court as the defense has begun to draw conclusions. He remained silent, but so far he has appeared in court every day of the trial.
Accusations against him—two unintentional murders, three murders, and manslaughter—can be sentenced to 40 and 25 years in prison, respectively. He pleaded not guilty to all three accusations. The conviction for each accusation must be unanimous.
Chauvin’s defense team is paid by the Minnesota Police Department and the Peace Police Officers Association. Minneapolis police still have membership, despite the dismissal of him and three other police officers after Mr. Floyd’s death.
The defense debate focuses on more factors to consider beyond the video footage of Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck during the May 25, 2020 incident.
“There is no political or social reason for this court,” Nelson told the court in the first week of the trial. “But the evidence is much longer than 9 minutes and 29 seconds.”
Four policemen were called to the scene on reports that George Floyd was using counterfeit $ 20 bills. When Chauvin detained Floyd, he knelt on the man’s neck and was filmed while Floyd lost consciousness in search of air.
“Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had trained in his 19-year career,” Nelson added. “The use of force is unattractive, but it’s a necessary part of the police.”
Defenders note Floyd’s size, resistance to arrest, and the presence of drugs in his system at the time, which they claim to be the cause of death when combined with his existing health. I did.
Dr. David Fowler, the first medical expert called by the defense. Floyd told the court Wednesday that he died from a combination of factors, including heart disease.
Forensic expert Dr. Bill Smock insisted on prosecution Said “Mr. Floyd died of positional asphyxia in court last week. This is a fantasy statement that he died because of the lack of oxygen in his body.”
Off-duty Minneapolis Firefighter Genevieve Hansen On the second day of the trial, she begged officers to check Mr. Floyd’s pulse, stating that he was not allowed to receive medical treatment.
In addition to those of other witnesses, there are extensive footage of her interaction with police officers. Hansen relies on calling 911 to report the incident.
Another bystander, Donald Williams, also shouted to police to drop Mr Floyd, but rejected the defense team’s claim that he was “angry.” Williams also called police after the incident and reported that police had killed Floyd.
Darnera Frazier, a teenage girl who shot a video where she could hear Floyd say she couldn’t breathe, said a group of bystanders became noisy and called Chauvin’s name. But no one threatened him and he was scared of those who couldn’t see.
The protests and anxieties that followed that day’s events last summer renewed the national view of racism, police, and civil rights that continues to this day.
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