USA city on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict — George Floyd

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Psaki said administration officials have been in contact with leaders in Minnesota and in other cities and states that saw unrest after Floyd's death previous year.

"It's exactly what you saw with your eyes". It's exactly what you felt in your gut.

The charges differ when it comes to Chauvin's state of mind - with second-degree murder requiring some level of intent - not an intent to kill but that Chauvin meant to apply unlawful force to Floyd - all the way down to manslaughter, which requires proof of culpable negligence.

The government opened the trial showing video of Chauvin, a white man, with his knee on Floyd's neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds.

Authorities said the group who committed the crime ran away when the current resident called police.

"Nine minutes and 29 seconds of shocking abuse of authority". Cahill's instructions to the jury focused onthe elements ofeach count that must be met to reach a guilty verdict according to Minnesota state law. "And there's no excuse".

"He asked for help with his very last breath but the officer did not help", Schleicher said. All three charges require the jury to conclude that Chauvin's actions were a "substantial causal factor" in Mr Floyd's death and that his use of force was unreasonable.

"He did what he did on objective, and it killed George Floyd", Schleicher told the jurors. He wasn't trying to hurt anyone.

Each count carries a different maximum sentence: 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, and 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.

The closest instance occurred just a few miles from the courthouse in downtown Minneapolis when a white police officer fatally shot a Black motorist, Daunte Wright, on April 11 in the suburb of Brooklyn Center after trying to arrest him on the belief he had missed a court appearance.

Mr Wright's killing triggered several nights of protests in Minneapolis and National Guard troops have been deployed in the Minnesota city where shop windows have been boarded up as a precaution.

Speaking to reporters from the White House, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the Biden administration is talking with local officials, mayors and governors.

"Of course we'll let the jury deliberate and we'll wait for the verdict to come out before we say more about our engagements", Psaki said.

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After closing arguments were done, Judge Peter Cahill rejected a request from the defence team for a mistrial based in part on comments California congresswoman Maxine Waters who told demonstrators to "stay in the streets" and suggested protesters could get more confrontational if there is a not guilty verdict.

"He was trapped with the unyielding pavement beneath him, as unyielding as the men who held him down", Schleicher said, before playing some of the extensive video of Floyd's death.

The trial has been broadcast live by TV networks in the United States since the more than 40 witnesses took the stand beginning three weeks ago, though the coverage was sometimes interrupted by fresh episodes of police violence caught on camera.

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

Darnella Frazier, the teenager who took the video that went viral, said Mr Floyd was "scared" and "begging for his life".

Derek Chauvin attended every day of the trial, dressed in a suit and taking notes on a yellow legal pad. The judge told the jury not to draw any inference on Chauvin's innocence or guilt from his declining to testify in the case, as was his right.

"He did not purposefully use unlawful force", Nelson said.

The defence lawyer said Hennepin County Medical Examiner Dr Andrew Baker, who performed the autopsy of Mr Floyd's body, listed the 46-year-old's drug use and underlying health problems as contributing factors to his death.

Prosecutors argued Chauvin "had to know" George Floyd was dying as he had his knee on Mr Floyd's neck.

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

Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill defined some important terms for the jurors in the charges before them, such as "great bodily harm" and "cause of death".

Prosecutor Steven Schleicher makes closing arguments as defense attorney Eric Nelson listens during the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for second-degree murder. "It's more of a challenge to, again, put yourself in the officer's shoes to try to make an evaluation through what they're feeling, what they're sensing, the fear they have, and then make a determination".

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