George Floyd: US city on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict

Derek Chauvin betrayed police badge prosecutor says in George Floyd murder trial

"It's exactly what you knew, it's what you felt in your gut, it's what you now know in your heart". Chauvin is charged in the May 25, 2020 death of George Floyd. "Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw", Steve Schleicher said, referring to the video of Mr Floyd pinned to the pavement with Chauvin's knee on or close to his neck last May for up to nine minutes, 29 seconds, as bystanders yelled at the white officer to get off.

Conviction of Chauvin would suggest that he was atypical of police, acting outside the bounds of reasonable officer conduct - a rogue policeman, or a "bad apple", to use the words often applied in the rare cases in which officers are actually found guilty of misconduct. He continued to push him down, to grind into him, to shimmy, to twist his hand for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. "And there's no excuse".

To convict Mr. Chauvin of second-degree manslaughter, the jurors would need to conclude that culpable negligence and reckless actions by Mr. Chauvin caused Mr. Floyd's death. "There is nothing worse for a good police than bad police, who doesn't follow the rules, who doesn't follow procedure, who doesn't follow training", Schleicher said.

The prosecutor said the defence argued George Floyd died because his heart was too big. "Facing George Floyd that day that did not require one ounce of courage, and none was shown on that day, no courage was required".

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki was asked during her daily briefing about the level of preparedness ahead of the verdict.

"We are in touch with local authorities, we are in touch with states, with governors, with mayors", Psaki said.

After closing arguments were done, Judge Peter Cahill rejected a defence request for a mistrial based in part on comments from California Rep. Maxine Waters that protesters could get more confrontational if there is no guilty verdict.

Schleicher's closing argument lasted 1 hour and 43 minutes, with the prosecutor repeatedly contending that Floyd "didn't have to die", if only Chauvin had followed his police training and used appropriate force in apprehending Floyd or given him medical assistance when he said he could not breathe.

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

"We have to send that message to the police".

Among the 38 witnesses who testified for the prosecution were some of the bystanders who watched Floyd's arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. I can't breathe.' And he said those words to Mr. Officer.

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

Medical experts called by the prosecution said Floyd died from hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen, from Chauvin's knee on his neck and that drugs were not a factor. The count doesn't require proof that Mr. Chauvin was trying to kill Mr. Floyd or to inflict substantial bodily harm.

Derek Chauvin attended every day of the trial, dressed in a suit and taking notes on a yellow legal pad.

The NBA has instructed teams to be vigilant about the impact of a potential verdict this week in the Derek Chauvin trial for the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, including the possibility of game postponements, sources told ESPN.

Much of the evidence phase of the trial involved testimony from medical experts about George Floyd's cause of death and whether Chauvin had engaged in reasonable or excessive use of force.

The defence for the now-fired white officer contends Floyd put himself at risk by using fentanyl and methamphetamine, then resisted officers trying to arrest him - factors that combined with his heart disease to lead to his death.

But defense attorney Eric Nelson, in more than 2½ hours of arguments before the racially diverse 12-member jury, contended that Chauvin followed his police training in restraining Floyd on the pavement of a Minneapolis city street after the suspect initially resisted police efforts to put him into a squad auto. "But George Floyd was not a threat to anyone".

Chauvin faces three counts:second-degree murder - unintentional; third-degree murder; and second-degree manslaughter.

The anonymous jury will deliberate in a downtown courthouse surrounded by concrete barriers and razor wire, in an anxious city heavily fortified by National Guard members and just days after fresh outrage erupted over the police killing of a 20-year-old Black man in a nearby suburb.

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

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