The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd, entered the closing arguments phase on Monday as the prosecution and defense have their final chance to convince the jury
WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 19th April, 2021) The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis policeman accused of killing George Floyd, entered the closing arguments phase on Monday as the prosecution and defense have their final chance to convince the jury.
Prosecutor Steve Schleicher was the first to take the floor after Judge Peter Cahill gave detailed instructions to the jury who will have to decide whether Chauvin is guilty.
"What the defendant did to George Floyd? Killed him," Schleicher said.
"The force was too much. [Floyd] was trapped with the unyielding pavement underneath him, as unyielding as the men who held him down... So desperate to breathe, he pushed with his face. With his face," Schleicher told the jury in a Minneapolis courtroom.
Schleicher argued that Chauvin violated the use of force policy, the deescalation policy and the duty to render emergency aid.
"He knew better, he just didn't do better... This is not an anti-police prosecution, this is a cruel police prosecution," he said.
Schleicher alleged that Chauvin acted purposefully and suggested that "ego and pride" was his motivation - reluctance to give in to pleas from bystanders concerned about Floyd's torment.
"He did what he did on purpose. And it killed George Floyd... He betrayed the badge," Schleicher said.
The defense is expected to ask the jury for full acquittal. During the trial it sought to prove that Floyd died of preexisting health conditions and drug overdose rather than asphyxia and Chauvin's actions were in line with police instructions.