Chauvin skips testifying as trial in Floyd death nears end

Derek Chauvin addresses the court for the first time

Former Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin has waived his right to testify to the jury about his part in the deadly arrest last May of George Floyd as his murder trial, the most high-profile police misconduct case in decades, nears its end. The defence has now rested and the court is adjourned until closing statements on Monday.

Floyd died after Chauvin, who is white, pressed a knee on the back of his neck and back for about nine minutes as two other officers held him face down on the pavement while he was handcuffed.

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"This late disclosure is not the way we should be operating here", Cahill said.

The only time Chauvin has been publicly heard defending himself was when the jury listened to body-camera footage from the scene last May.

But testifying could have also given the jury the opportunity to look at his unmasked face and see or hear any remorse or sympathy he might feel.

However, the chief county medical examiner who ruled Floyd's death a homicide, Dr Andrew Baker, did not identify lack of oxygen, or asphyxia, as the cause of death. But the judge said that he will limit what the witness can testify about.

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She was last seen with Flores, a fellow freshman at the school at the time, who had offered to take her home. The sound of sawing and drilling could be heard inside the garage of Flores' home both days of the search.

Yesterday, another witness suggested that carbon monoxide from a vehicle exhaust may have factored in Mr Floyd's death.

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death after the 46-year-old Black man was arrested on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 at a neighbourhood market last May.

Bystander video of Mr Floyd gasping that he couldn't breathe as bystanders yelled at Mr Chauvin to get off him triggered worldwide protests, violence and a furious examination of racism and policing in the US.

Protests and riots erupted across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death. But the defence argues it was a combination of Floyd's underlying medical conditions, drug use and adrenaline flowing through his system that ultimately killed him.

But Fowler said that Chauvin's knee on Floyd was "nowhere close to his airway" and that Floyd's speaking and groaning showed that his airway was still open.

While the nine minutes and 29 seconds he knelt on Mr Floyd have been combed over by lawyers and experts, the man at the heart of the case has remained impassive and silent during almost three weeks of testimony with most of his face obscured by a face mask due to coronavirus restrictions.

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