The prosecutor said Derek Chauvin “betrayed the plaque” in the George Floyd case
Prosecutors said Derek Chauvin “sold the badge” when he killed George Floyd, ending arguments in the trial for the murder of a former Minneapolis police officer.
Steve Schleicher ended his nearly two-hour debate on Monday by returning to an issue raised in an open statement: prosecutors may believe what they saw in the video of Floyd’s death.
“You can believe your eyes,” he said. “This case is what you thought when you first saw it with this video… It’s what you felt in your gut. Now it’s what you know in your heart. This wasn’t the police, this was murder. The defendant is guilty of all three charges. All of them, and there’s no excuse.” .
Defense attorney Eric Nelson will continue with Schleicher as both parties make final appearances to the jurors before the trial is due before they have to decide on the verdict. The case is being watched closely in Minneapolis and across the US referendum How much responsibility will U.S. police have for killing black Americans.
Many in the metro area have said that incidents could arise if the jury acquits Chauvin. The National Guard is in and around Minneapolis, in the suburbs of Brooklyn Center, where police used tear gas and rubber bullets last week against protesters prove against the murder of another black man by a police officer.
Chauvin has been charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree murder. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes when he was arrested for using a fake $ 20 bill. A teenage audience recorded the event and then posted the films online, sparking outrage against racial injustice and protests around the world.
The maximum possible sentence is 10 years for murder and 40 years for secondary murder.
The concluding arguments allow lawyers to summarize their view of a case by placing all the evidence and other evidence in context to support their theory of facts. The prosecutor assumes the burden of proving the guilt of the accused “without reasonable doubt”. Convicted in the U.S. legal system requires the jury to vote unanimously.
Schleicher told jurors that all prejudices should be set aside, that police cannot commit crimes, or that police in general should be prosecuted.
“You have to put aside the idea that a policeman says it’s impossible to do something like that,” he said, “not judging who you are. He’s being judged for what he did.”
“What the accused did was not to do the police,” he added. “What the accused did was an attack. . . He betrayed the badge. “
Referring to an audience that told Floyd “you can’t win,” Schleicher said, “George Floyd replied, ‘I’m not trying to win, I’m afraid.’
“But the defendant was trying to win,” Schleicher added. “He wouldn’t be told what to do. He would not challenge his authority. He was trying to win, and George Floyd paid for it with his life. ‘
Schleicher also tried to counter stereotypes about black men by telling the jury to add Floyd to opioids and dismiss an officer’s testimony about suspects of being a “force on humans”.
“George Floyd is not on trial here,” he said.
The trial lasted six weeks, including three weeks of jury selection and three weeks of testimony.
A key part of the prosecution’s case was a video of Floyd’s death, which was played more than once. They called 38 witnesses During the trial, including Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, he condemned Chauvin’s actions, “it is not part of our training and certainly not part of our ethics or values.”
At the heart of the case has been one of the questions about what caused Floyd’s death and whether it was reasonable to use Chauvin’s actions by force. Defense attorney Eric Nelson has blamed Floyden’s health problems and drug use for trying to raise a reasonable doubt about Chauvin’s death.
Testifying on behalf of the prosecution, Dr. Martin Tobin, a pulmonologist, and Lindsey Thomas Hennepin, a former county medical examiner, testified that Floyd had died. lack of oxygen.
Dr. Andrew Baker, the current medical examiner for Hennepin County, testified that Chauvin and other officials who responded to Floyd’s arrest were more than his strength. it can withstand weakened hearts. He decided to kill her last May as a murder.
Chauvin did not testify during the trial, claiming the right to a fifth amendment against his self-incrimination. One of the first witnesses for the defense, Barry Brodd, an expert in using force, said Tuesday that Chauvin’s actions were justified and that he acted “with reasonable objectivity in accordance with the policies of the Minneapolis police department.”
Four days later the vandals cut off the head of the pig near the door of a house in Santa Rosa, California, where Brodd lived, “apparently addressed to Mr. Brodd for his testimony,” according to the Santa Rosa Police Department.
Dr. David Fowler, a former Maryland medical examiner, said Floyd died of an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat because his heart was in a bad state when he was held by police officers, and he was taxed with fentanyl and methamphetamine.
Fowler also suggested that carbon monoxide poisoning in the car’s exhaust could have played a role in his death. In response to that testimony, Tobin said Floyd’s blood could not contain more than 2 percent of the gas in his blood at death, usually a percentage.