George Floyd Death Was "Murder, Not Policing"

Still from video footage posted on Facebook showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd

"They're trying to convince you that Mr. Floyd's heart disease played no role", he said.

"I could imagine a scenario where the prosecution would play that nine minute and 29 second tape and ask Derek Chauvin what he was thinking when George Floyd said he can't breathe".

Three other former police officers - Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J. Alexander Kueng - also face charges in connection with Floyd's death.

As the world watches on, the jury has begun its deliberations in the murder case against former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. Things that were set in motion before Mr. Chauvin ever arrived: drug ingestion, bad heart, the diseased heart, hypertension.

Nelson urged the jury to find Chauvin not guilty.

"The defendant is guilty of all three counts".

The same issues raised by Floyd's death came to the forefront in the community again when a now-resigned police officer in a Minneapolis suburb fatally shot a 20-year-old African American man during a traffic stop on April 11. But Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck for 9 1/2 minutes, prosecutors say, as bystanders shouted at the officer to get off Floyd. "We must protect life and property", Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Monday.

"I hope we get a verdict that says guilty, guilty, guilty", she said in response to reporters' questions.

Speaking ahead of closing arguments, Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd and Wright families, said "the outcome that we pray for in Derek Chauvin is for him to be held criminally liable for killing George Floyd".

"Killing unarmed Black people is unacceptable", Crump told ABC News on Sunday.

George Floyd is being worked on in the ambulance to try to start his heart after it was determined that he was in cardiac arrest
Calls for racial justice and police reform have intensified Credit Pool /Shutterstock

The trial has been broadcast live by TV networks in the USA since the more than 40 witnesses took the stand beginning three weeks ago, though the coverage was sometimes interrupted by fresh episodes of police violence caught on camera.

"It wasn't right. He was suffering", Frazier said.

Dressed in a light grey suit and dark blue shirt and blue tie, Chauvin took off his face mask to listen to closing arguments, but his face displayed little emotion.

Police officers testifying for the prosecution - including the Minneapolis police chief - said it was excessive and unnecessary.

A retired forensic pathologist put on the stand by the defense said Floyd died of cardiac arrest brought on by heart disease and fentanyl and methamphetamine.

The defense argued that Chauvin, a white 19-year veteran, used reasonable force and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems.

"They had to overcome the barrier of being able to prosecute police officers", he said.

Third-degree murder requires proof that Chauvin's actions were "eminently dangerous" and done with indifference to loss of life.

After closing arguments were done, Judge Peter Cahill rejected a request from the defence team for a mistrial based in part on comments California congresswoman Maxine Waters who told demonstrators to "stay in the streets" and suggested protesters could get more confrontational if there is a not guilty verdict.

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