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

    1. 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.

  1. 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.

    1. 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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    1. And the world’s better off without killer cops who had prior work beef with the victim he killed

  2. 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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