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Apr 19 - LIVESTREAM: the People vs. Derek Chauvin, murder of Big Floyd. CLOSING STATEMENTS
 

 
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Closing arguments today in Derek Chauvin's trial will contrast the prosecution's concise case with a more complex defense

Prosecutors and the defense will offer competing visions of Derek Chauvin's role in George Floyd's death during closing arguments Monday in the former Minneapolis officer's criminal trial.

For the prosecution, that means drilling home their concise argument that Floyd's death on May 25, 2020, was exactly what it appeared to be on bystander video. What looked to the nekkid eye like an uncaring police officer using his knees to suffocate a non-resisting Black man really was just that, they have argued.

"You can believe your eyes that it's a homicide," prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell said in opening statements.

The defense's goal throughout the trial has been to complicate that story. What looked like excessive force was actually an appropriate restraint; what looked like a suffocation was actually Floyd's drug overdose and underlying heart issues; what looked like an officer's heartlessness was actually concern about a hostile mob of agitators, the defense has argued. image

"The evidence is far greater than 9 minutes and 29 seconds," defense attorney Eric Nelson said, referring to the length of time Chauvin's knees remained on Floyd's neck and back.

Prosecutors called 38 witnesses to testify, including police use-of-force experts who criticized Chauvin and medical experts who explained how Floyd died.
The defense called seven witnesses of its own -- but not Chauvin himself, as he invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

On Monday morning, prosecutor Steve Schleicher will deliver the state's closing argument, and Blackwell is expected to handle the rebuttal, according to John Stiles, deputy chief of staff for Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Nelson will deliver the defense's closing argument.

Afterward, Judge Peter Cahill will instruct jurors on the law and then send them off to begin deliberations in the Hennepin County Government Center. The jury will remain sequestered for deliberations and will stay in a hotel at night.
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.

If convicted, he could face up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder, and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. image

The charges are to be considered separate, so Chauvin could be convicted of all, some or none of them.


The end of the trial comes 11 months after Floyd's death on a Minneapolis street set off widespread protests about how police treat Black people.

No matter this trial's verdict, the broader issue shows no signs of lessening. Last week, just miles away from the courthouse, a Brooklyn Center police officer was charged with manslaughter after she fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop.

Tensions are high throughout the region, and authorities have ramped up security around Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Government Center has been surrounded by fencing and barricades since jury selection began in March. This past week, crews installed razor wire around some police buildings, and National Guard troops have been deployed in parts of downtown Minneapolis.

45 witnesses over 3 weeks of testimony

The prosecution's case against Chauvin fit into three distinct phases with 38 witnesses: what happened to Floyd last May, the Minneapolis Police use-of-force policy and the medical analysis of why Floyd died.

The first week of testimony largely focused on Floyd's final moments and the distressed bystanders who watched Chauvin kneel on Floyd while he was handcuffed and prone on the street. Video from the bystanders and police body camera footage showed Floyd's gasps for air and calls for his "mama" over those excruciating minutes, leaving several witnesses in tears.

Next, a series of police supervisors and use-of-force experts criticized Chauvin's actions as excessive and unreasonable. They said he violated policies around de-escalation, objectively reasonable use of force and the requirement to render aid. Foremost among the critics was Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo.

"That in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy. It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or our values," Arradondo said. image
The medical testimony, particularly from Dr. Martin Tobin, laid out the mechanics of how Floyd died. The renowned pulmonary critical care doctor testified that Floyd died from a "low level of oxygen" when Chauvin pinned him to the street and restricted his ability to breathe -- what's known as positional asphyxia.

Floyd's preexisting health conditions and drug use were not relevant to his death, Tobin said.
"A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died," he said.
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In contrast, the former Minneapolis Police officer's defense team called seven witnesses -- but Chauvin was not among them.
A police use-of-force expert testified that Chauvin's restraint of Floyd was "justified," and a forensic pathologist testified that Floyd's cause of death was "undetermined," saying his underlying heart issues were the main causes.
"In my opinion, Mr. Floyd had a sudden cardiac arrhythmia, or cardiac arrhythmia, due to his atherosclerosis and hypertensive heart disease ... during his restraint and subdual by the police," said Dr. David Fowler, a forensic pathologist who retired as Maryland's chief medical examiner at the end of 2019.

Several other defense witnesses have testified about Floyd's drug use, particularly during a prior arrest in May 2019 in which he ingested opioids as police approached him in a vehicle.
Together, the witnesses furthered the defense's three main arguments in the case: that Floyd died due to drug and health problems, that Chauvin's use of force was ugly but appropriate, and that a hostile crowd of bystanders distracted Chauvin.

Anxiety and tensions in Minneapolis area

Tensions in the Minneapolis metropolitan area are high as Chauvin's fate hangs in the balance and after the police shooting of Daunte Wright. image

A peaceful march and protest calling for justice in his death led to unrest, and at least 100 people were arrested on Friday night, authorities said. Police declared a demonstration at the Brooklyn Center Police Department unlawful, and officers could be seen using pepper-spray and firing rubber bullets into the crowd.

In a letter to Gov. Tim Walz and public safety officials, attorneys representing news organizations laid out instances of journalists, including CNN producer Carolyn Sung, being harassed, a*saulted and arrested by law enforcement while covering the protests.
Last year, amid unrest in the immediate aftermath of Floyd's death, a CNN crew was arrested while live on air.

Adding to the heightened tensions was a shooting Sunday morning. A state National Guard and Minneapolis Police team providing neighborhood security in Minneapolis were fired upon by a light-colored SUV, Minnesota National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Scott Hawks told CNN in an email.

No members were seriously injured, but two members suffered minor injuries.
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 4 weeks ago '05        #2
Doomque 
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I have a feeling we are about to be disappointed in our justice system yet again.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #3
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7 OP
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 Doomque said
I have a feeling we are about to be disappointed in our justice system yet again.
jurors must be unanimous in the verdict, plus follow the letter of the law as stated


we gon see.


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 4 weeks ago '19        #4
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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Hope he guilty if not whole US gone burn and imma be out there for some free Rolexs and sh*t to resell "l


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 4 weeks ago '19        #5
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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fu*k Chauvin smh
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 4 weeks ago '19        #6
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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@ might k*ll himself if Chauvin goes to prisom
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 4 weeks ago '16        #7
foshoVoodoo  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x34
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 Doomque said
I have a feeling we are about to be disappointed in our genocide system yet again.
***fixed***
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 4 weeks ago '19        #8
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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WTF THE fu*k

 4 weeks ago '09        #9
Zao 
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You can feel it in the air. The sooner that the jury comes back with a verdict then the better that means they all agreed on a verdict unanimously. If they do not come back with a verdict by the end of today or Tuesday I think it's gonna be a hung jury.
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 4 weeks ago '19        #10
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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IM fu*kING DONE SMH fu*k this
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 4 weeks ago '19        #11
Free my soul  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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Builtforthis go suck off some bullets you f*g, why you always taking up for racists?
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 4 weeks ago '16        #12
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7 OP
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 Free my soul said
Builtforthis go suck off some bullets you f*g, why you always taking up for racists?
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 4 weeks ago '09        #13
Zao 
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I never heard a closing argument before I didn't know they can go on so long or you can use pictures and videos. It's basically a summary of what the prosecutor and defense think happened based upon the evidence and witnesses that were used in the trial. These closing arguments I think will last until atleast around noon, jury will probably break, come back at 1:30pm and get to work.

Doubt we will get a verdict by end of today but it's possible
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 4 weeks ago '07        #14
Rico23  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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Tale of 2 Americas verdict coming soon
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 4 weeks ago '14        #15
PolarBear 
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Burn him alive.
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Top 10 most propped recently  4 weeks ago '05        #16
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Floyd's preexisting health conditions and drug use were not relevant to his death, Tobin said.
"A healthy person subjected to what Mr. Floyd was subjected to would have died," he said.
damn, im glad an expert said this... you always see people justifying the cops actions by saying the drugs caused his death.. crazy..
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 4 weeks ago '16        #17
BathWaterMelody  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7 OP
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 Zao said
I never heard a closing argument before I didn't know they can go on so long or you can use pictures and videos. It's basically a summary of what the prosecutor and defense think happened based upon the evidence and witnesses that were used in the trial. These closing arguments I think will last until atleast around noon, jury will probably break, come back at 1:30pm and get to work.

Doubt we will get a verdict by end of today but it's possible
jury will get sequestered for a while for the deliberations.

might be a couple days, but yes, like you I hope the axe comes back mighty swift
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 4 weeks ago '12        #18
ezduzit 
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 PolarBear said
Burn him alive.


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 4 weeks ago '15        #19
PolygonMafia 
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I've seen people fall out from Fent. They just pass out almost instantly and their breathing stops. They don't f*ght for 9 and a half minutes and then just 'happen to die'

Why is there so much question over this? Dude knelt on his neck for damn near 10 minutes while he said he couldn't breathe. That is enough for me to go to jail and it should be enough for this cop to go do time.

If they don't convict this man on something, it's gonna be an ugly day.
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 4 weeks ago '09        #20
BrooklynStiles  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x5
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This prosecution attorney sucks. Dude is fumbling over his words like he’s drunk.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #21
deezydee2323 
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Why watch when u already know what the outcome we be !!

Nothing changes here in America
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 4 weeks ago '17        #22
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 Rico23 said
Tale of 2 Americas verdict coming soon
we've had 2 amerikkka's when were kidnap and enslaved on these shores 400 plus years ago...
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 4 weeks ago '21        #23
Mr Wendal  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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Im starting to question if anyone that posted in this thread has paid attention to any evidence in trial and not what the news or social media has told you ?
Im against police brutality by the way

But you can tell by the prosecutor he was thrown in by the wolves. There is absolutely 0 evidence the cop intended to k*ll floyd and thats what is required to charge someone with murder.


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 4 weeks ago '16        #24
@MR SMOOTH$ 
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 Zao said
You can feel it in the air. The sooner that the jury comes back with a verdict then the better that means they all agreed on a verdict unanimously. If they do not come back with a verdict by the end of today or Tuesday I think it's gonna be a hung jury.
Also means it was a quick dismissal

Funny because people
Have been convicted when 1or 2 people said no I.e C murder
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 4 weeks ago '16        #25
Illogic 
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Too many from the other collective on the jury he walks


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