Derek Chauvin trial closing arguments

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Chauvin declined to take the witness stand during the trial.

Third degree murder is defined as causing death to an individual by "perpetrating an act imminently unsafe to others and evidencing a depraved mind without regard for human life" but without the intent to cause death, the judge said.

"You can believe your eyes".

Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old black man, was shot dead in a Minneapolis suburb on 11 April by a white policewoman who apparently mistook her gun for her Taser, and a 13-year-old boy was killed by police in Chicago. "Mr. Officer", Schleicher said.

In a statement released after Brodd's testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro distanced himself from his department's former officer.

Additionally, the company says it's working to protect the memory of George Floyd and his family from harassment by removing posts that praise, celebrate or mock his death. Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

"There is nothing worse for a good police than bad police, who doesn't follow the rules, who doesn't follow procedure, who doesn't follow training", Schleicher said.

"We will continue to encourage peaceful protests, but we're not going to get ahead of the verdict".

Among the 38 witnesses who testified for the prosecution were some of the bystanders who watched Floyd's May 25, 2020 arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes.

"It wasn't right. He was suffering", Ms Frazier said.

Donald Williams, 33, said he called 911 to report a "murder" after Mr Floyd was taken away in an ambulance.

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Chauvin attended every day of the trial, dressed in a suit and taking notes on a yellow legal pad.

The murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of Black man George Floyd has gone to the jury.

He said a reasonable officer with Chauvin's training and experience - he was a 19-year Minneapolis police veteran - should have sized up the situation accurately.

He repeated a single phrase scores of times, saying Chauvin behaved as a "reasonable police office" would in dealing with a man as "large" as Floyd, who was struggling against being put in a police vehicle when Chauvin arrived, responding to a call for back-up.

The defence contends not only that Chauvin acted reasonably but that 46-year-old Mr Floyd died of heart disease and illegal drug use, not Chauvin's actions. The officer pinned Floyd to the ground for more than nine minutes, despite his repeated cries that he couldn't breathe.

But Mr Nelson said the prosecution brought in experts to give evidence that Mr Floyd died because of asphyxia, or lack of oxygen, while the person who performed the post-mortem, the county medical examiner, reached a different finding.

People continue to lay flowers at the George Floyd Mural in Third Ward, Houston, TX, where Floyd grew up.

Two members of the jury will be excused by Judge Peter Cahill after closing arguments and the other 12 will be sequestered for deliberations.

"Facing George Floyd that day - that did not require one ounce of courage".

Chauvin faces three counts:second degree murder - unintentional; third degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

They are to be tried separately later in the year.

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