In his final remarks to the gamblers before Derek Chauvin began deliberating on a verdict in the lawsuit, a Minnesota prosecutor argued that Mr. Chauvin had acted with cruelty and indifference to a police officer and that he had to deal with George Floyd’s Should be convicted in death.
The prosecutor, Steve Schleicher, tried to tread a fine line in his closing argument as he tried to describe Mr. Chauvin as a police officer who did not follow the department’s policies, clarifying that the prosecutor Were not criticizing policing as a whole.
Mr. Shilekar told the 12 gamblers while delivering the verdict, “It can be the hardest thing to imagine a police officer committing a crime, because you don’t have to think about the police officers.” “What the defendant did was not policing. What the defendant did was assault. “
Mr. Chauvin’s attorney, Eric J. Nelson, will also give a closing argument on Monday, after which another prosecutor will have a rebuttal opportunity. The jury will then be sequenced and begin to discuss the evidence they have heard in the last three weeks of the trial. The gamblers may be deemed to have been held until Mr. Chauhan is confronted before he is adjudicated on three charges: second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree murder. He must be unanimous to convict in any count.
For nearly two hours on Monday, Mr. Schleicher summarized the prosecution’s evidence and tried to raise doubts about the evidence offered by Mr. Chauvin’s lawyer, with jury instructions and parts of the law stating his arguments. Confirmed Mr. Chauvin had a knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, killing him on May 25, Mr. Schleicher said, with no heart disease or drug overdose. Mr. Schleicher noted Mr. Chauhan’s length in his closing argument on Mr. Floyd nine minutes and 29 seconds – 22 times.
“Sliecher said,” George Floyd struggled, breathing hard, to make enough room in his chest, but the force was too much. “” He was trapped. He was stuck with the fielding pavement beneath him, as provoked as the men who held him down. “
During the finale, Mr. Chauvin wore a gray suit, blue tie and blue shirt, continuing to take notes on a legal pad, as he has done for much testing.
Mr Floyd’s death sparked a wave of protests against police vandalism last summer and new calls from activists around the country to divert public funds from police departments. But Mr. Schleicher tried to remove the prosecution from any widespread criticism of the police, instead focusing on Mr. Chauhan as gamblers. “Sreelecher said,” This is not an anti-police prosecution. “This is a pro-police prosecution.”
The prosecutor tried to humanize Mr. Floyd, to show photographs from his childhood and to describe a loving family. And Mr. Schlecher also cited Floyd’s allegations of drug addiction and conflict, alleging that he used a fake 20 bill to buy cigarettes before police arrived, stating that gamblers should remember that Mr. Floyd is not a man on trial.
“He said that he had not received a trial when he was alive and that he was not on trial here,” Mr. Schleicher said. Throughout the trial, prosecutors tried to pursue arguments from defendants that Floyd opposed the arrest and that fentanyl and methamphetamine found in his system could be purchased.
Mr. Schleicher said Mr. Floyd complied with the orders of police officers several times, even before an officer first approached Mr. Floyd’s car, which had a hand on its head. The prosecutor said Mr. Chauvin had shown “indifference” to Mr. Floyd’s life, ignoring his repeated complaints that he could not breathe, as well as to stay away from Mr. Floyd and a The officer’s question asks about whether the police should move Mr. Floyd to another position.
“He could listen to those who understood; He could listen to fellow officers; He could listen to his training, ”Mr. Schleicher said. “He knew better, he just didn’t do better.”
Mr. Schleicher emphasized to the gamblers that they were the only ones who had the power to convict Mr. Chauvin and that it was his duty to do so. As he concluded his argument, he once showed a picture of Mr. Floyd to the gamblers.
“This case is the same as you saw before, when you saw that video,” Mr. Schleicher said. “It is exactly the same. You can believe your eyes. This is what you considered; This is what you saw with your eyes; This is what you used to know. You felt it in your gut. This is what you now know in your heart. “
“It was not policing, it was murder,” Mr. Schleicher continued. “The defendant is guilty in all three cases. All of them. And there is no excuse. “