Chauvin trial closing arguments: Floyd assault or reasonable policing? | USA TODAY

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Derek Chauvin murder trial closing statements: Assault on George Floyd or reasonable policing?

Attorneys made their closing statements in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday, leaving jurors to make sense of two entirely different arguments to determine whether Chauvin is guilty of murder or manslaughter in George Floyd's death last May.

Throughout the trial, prosecutors argued that Chauvin's knee – pressed against 46-year-old Floyd's neck while he was handcuffed and face-down on the street – led to his death by loss of oxygen. The defense argued underlying heart issues and the methamphetamine and fentanyl in his system caused Floyd's death while he struggled with police.

Both sides used still images, video clips and visual aids as they talked the jury through the charges Chauvin, 45, faces: second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
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36 Comments on "Chauvin trial closing arguments: Floyd assault or reasonable policing? | USA TODAY"

  1. good for this news

  2. M&M SILVERADO | April 19, 2021 at 8:18 PM | Reply

    Free Derek

  3. little dude from across the street | April 19, 2021 at 8:19 PM | Reply

    Down with the new world

  4. Danielle Whitehurst | April 19, 2021 at 8:19 PM | Reply

    No Derek needs to go to jail

    • The Free Republic of Admiral Producer | April 19, 2021 at 8:23 PM | Reply

      Couldn’t agree more. Let’s hope justice is served well for this murderer in cop’s clothing. I am extremely nervous for the verdict.

  5. He’s guilty! No doubt about it and Good luck on Your streets Regardless.

  6. She talked way too fast

  7. Sergio Magana | April 19, 2021 at 8:38 PM | Reply

    I can’t see how if a person is already subdued and in handcuffs there is a need to do what this officer did. What is the reasonable doubt and what possible defence this officer could claim in his own favor.

    • He was in handcuffs and they couldn’t even get him to stay in the squad car!!!
      Don’t remain in the side of a career criminal and drug addict with severe heart disease trying FORCEFULLY to resist arrest!
      There is a sickness in the USA and it will ruin the country. It’s called emotional stupidity!

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    • @T A police can’t be judge, jury and executioner.

  8. Randy Reilly | April 19, 2021 at 8:46 PM | Reply

    Derek Chauvin guilty as charged knew what he was doing!!!

  9. The world is better off without Saint George committing crimes & doing drugs💯

  10. Rumple 4skin | April 19, 2021 at 9:07 PM | Reply

    Acquittal or hung jury is my thoughts, it’ll probably be a hot time in the old town tonight 🔥🔥🔥

  11. Byran Pierce | April 19, 2021 at 9:49 PM | Reply

    A reasonable police officer WAS there, and asked if Chauvin wanted to roll Floyd over. “No we’ll keep him like this.” Was his reply

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  15. Patricia Looper | April 19, 2021 at 11:00 PM | Reply

    He sure gets the dead p because what he did to the man he know what he did l feel sorry for the man family because they son dead for no reason the police officer sure gets the dead pen he his know different from us

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