The trial of the former police officer accused of the death of George Floyd begins
Lawyers on Monday released their cases accusing George Floyd of being killed in a former Minneapolis police trial, and his death sparked protests against racial injustice around the world.
While the prosecutors wanted to tighten it jurors in the nine minutes that Derek Chauvin held Floyd, the former police officer’s defense launched an extensive investigation that contained nearly 50,000 pieces of evidence, including questions about the cause of Floyd’s death and the fair use of force.
Prosecutor Jerry Blackwell said Chauvin sold his badge when he used excessive force to subdue Floyd.
“You can believe your eyes,” he said. “It simply came to our notice then. It’s murder. “
Defense attorney Eric Nelson objected: “Derek Chauvin did exactly what he trained in his 19-year career. The use of force is not appealing, but it is a necessary component of policing.”
Chauvin was shot on his knees in Floyd’s neck 27 times shouting that he couldn’t breathe. The prosecutor took a strange step in filing criminal charges, and Chauvin’s case will be one of the most watched trials of police misconduct in a generation.
Both lawyers stressed that, despite the high public interest, Chauvin’s trial is separate from the larger social questions about racism and responsibility of U.S. police.
“I agree with the state’s advice,” Nelson said. “There are no political or social reasons in this courtroom.”
Chauvin is accused of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree murder. He pleaded not guilty.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison he warned that it will be difficult to win the sentence. The U.S. justice system requires prosecutors to prove “absolutely reasonable” guilt, and many juries usually trust the police officers more than other witnesses.
A key piece of evidence for prosecutors is a video of Floyd’s death, which Blackwell showed as part of his initial statement. On May 25, police arrested Floyd for allegedly using fake $ 20 bills, and Chauvin held Floyd to the ground with his knee to his neck. A viewer filmed the arrest and then posted it online, spreading anger and protests.
Chauvin did not intervene and three other officers were released. Thomas Lane, Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are accused of aiding and abetting the murders and will be tried in August. Keungen’s lawyer has said he wants to plead guilty.
Both the prosecution and the defense acknowledged in initial statements that one of the issues at the heart of the case was the cause of Floyd’s death. A Hennepin County medical examiner, who ruled Floyden’s death a homicide, found evidence of fentanyl and methamphetamine in his body and said he suffered a “cardiac arrest.”
An independent autopsy ordered by the Floyden family cited the cause of death as asphyxiation.
Nelson focused on Floyd’s drug use and said the evidence would show he died as a result of an arrhythmia or an irregular heartbeat. But Blackwell said in the initial statement that the death occurred immediately, and “Mr. Floyd did not die immediately. One breath died.”
During the first day, the jury heard testimony from emergency services dispatcher Jena Scurry and security guard Donald Williams, who has been trained as a fighter and mixed martial arts fighter.
Scurry said he saw how the incident happened from a local camera. A “gut year. . . something is wrong, ”he said to put the incident in front of a sergeant, and said he didn’t mean he wanted to be a“ truffle, ”but he wanted to know if he needed extra help on stage.
Williams said he encountered the incident during a trip to a nearby convenience store. He told jurors that, based on his training, he had identified Chauvin’s knee in Floyden’s neck as “dangerous” suffocating blood. “
“You can tell when someone drowns,” he said. “You heard me [Floyd], see that he is fighting, in fact, looking for air “.
Supporters of the Floyd family held a prayer service Sunday night at Greater Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Minneapolis. Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, addressed the congregation and said neither Rodney King, who was beaten by Los Angeles Police Department officials in 1991, nor Eric Garner, who was arrested by New York City police in 2014, died by drowning. justice. He said he hoped the event would be different with Chauvin.
“Give me the sentence,” he said. “Give the world what they want to see.”