The prosecution and defense are now starting the closing arguments in the trial of the death of George Floyd. The accused is ex-police officer Derek Chauvin.
Update from April 19, 10.55 p.m.: The prosecution believes that ex-police officer Derek Chauvin is responsible for the killing of African American George Floyd and must be found guilty. Its excessive and merciless use of force cost Floyd his life, said prosecutor Steve Schleicher on Monday in the closing argument at the court in Minneapolis. Floyd asked Chauvin to let him breathe until his last breath, during which he kneeled on him for nine minutes and 29 seconds, Schleicher told the jury. However, Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson stressed his client’s innocence.
Schleicher, in turn, stated that Chauvin had “shockingly” violated all police guidelines on the permissible use of force. His behavior was disproportionate and illegal. Chauvin “stayed on Floyd and pressed him to the ground with his knee,” even when he was already lifeless, said Schleicher. Floyd had no pulse, but Chauvin continued to press him into the “unyielding” asphalt instead of helping.
The prosecutor repeatedly stressed to the jury that Floyd’s struggle to survive under Chauvin’s knee had lasted 9 minutes and 29 seconds – even though Floyd was arrested only on suspicion of paying with a fake $ 20 bill. Schleicher stated that Floyd asked Chauvin 27 times in the first five minutes to let him breathe. The policeman heard this “but all he did was make fun of him,” said Schleicher. After that, Floyd fell silent and soon became lifeless, while Chauvin kneeled on him for another four minutes.
Defense attorney Nelson said the prosecution had not established beyond doubt his client’s guilt. If there is only one reasonable doubt, the verdict should be not guilty, he said addressed to the jury. In his plea, he stated that there could be no crime because Chauvin’s actions involved the legitimate use of force as part of a “dynamic” police operation. Nelson asked the jury to consider not only the minutes Chauvin kneeled on Floyd, but also the 17 minutes or so before Floyd resisted arrest.
After the pleadings, the members of the jury are deliberated to decide on the guilt or innocence of Chauvin. The most serious charge against him is second degree murder without intent. They have been imprisoned for up to 40 years in the US state of Minnesota. According to German law, this would be more like manslaughter. In addition, Chauvin is also accused of third-degree murder, which can be punished with up to 25 years in prison. He also has to answer for second degree manslaughter, which is followed by ten years in prison. According to German law, this charge would correspond to that of negligent homicide. Chauvin pleaded not guilty.
Update from April 19, 4:35 p.m .: How will the trial of ex-cop Derek Chauvin for killing African American George Floyd end? The closing arguments from the public prosecutor’s office and the defense are expected for this Monday (see first report).
Meanwhile, the mood in the USA remains heated. US media reported that strangers threw a pig’s head at the former home of a former California police officer who had testified as a defense witness for Chauvin. The incident occurred over the weekend at the suspected residence of officer Barry Brodd in Santa Rosa, reported among other things nbcnews.com. Strict safety precautions apply to the process.
George Floyd: Closing arguments expected in the chauvin process – will massive protests follow again?
First report from April 19, 3 p.m .: Minneapolis – The trial of white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin * for killing African American George Floyd * on May 25, 2020 is nearing completion. At the court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the prosecution and defense will begin this Monday (April 19) at 4 p.m. (CEST).
The hearing of witnesses in the main trial * ended last Thursday (April 15) after three weeks. After the expected pleadings, the twelve members of the jury deliberate in order to decide on Chauvin’s guilt or innocence. There is no time limit for this – they could decide within an hour or after a week, Judge Peter Cahill said aloud dpa-Information. Reports of the Los Angeles Times According to the lawyers have no time limits for their closing arguments. However, legal experts point out that explanations that are too long and arguments that are too long could lead to the jury losing its attention.
George Floyd: Derek Chauvin’s Trial of Unintentional Second Degree Murder?
The most serious charge against Chauvin is second degree murder without intent. There are up to 40 years imprisonment on it. According to German law, this would be more like manslaughter. In addition, Chauvin is also accused of third-degree murder, which can be punished with up to 25 years in prison. He also has to answer for second degree manslaughter, which includes ten years in prison. Chauvin, who was released after the incident and is on bail, has pleaded not guilty.
Chauvin’s defense lawyers argued that Floyd’s death was not primarily due to violence *, but primarily to his prejudiced health and drug residues in his blood, according to the Los Angeles Times further. Public prosecutor experts clearly denied this. For example, a lung specialist said Floyd died of a lack of oxygen. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo called Chauvin’s use of force disproportionate and illegal.
Death of George Floyd: closing arguments expected in the chauvin process – tight security measures
The process takes place under strict security precautions, it is said loudly dpa further. The expectations of the process are immense. Many people, probably also most blacks, hope for a verdict that will send a signal against racism and police violence in the USA – and against the fact that security forces often seem to get away with impunity. If Chauvin is acquitted or given a short prison sentence, massive protests * are likely to occur again.
The Minneapolis metropolitan area has been shaken by isolated protests for a week. The trigger was a fatal shot by a white policewoman at a 20-year-old black woman, Daunte Wright *, at a traffic stop in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. (nema with dpa) (* Merkur.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA)
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