The indictment states that George Floyd “sought help in his last breath” before he died under the knee of Derek Chauvin, in the indictment against the police officer accused of killing the forties of African descent on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis.
“He begged George Floyd not to be able to speak,” Attorney General Steve Schleicher told the jury. “All it took was a little sympathy, and no one showed anything that day,” he added.
The 45-year-old white police officer is on trial for murder, manslaughter, and assault that led to the death of George Floyd, who was arrested for a minor crime.
For more than nine minutes, he had placed one knee on the neck of the forty man who was lying on his stomach with his hands tied behind his back.
His death sparked historic anti-racism protests and a wave of global outrage against police brutality.
“He asked for help in his last breath, but the officer did not help him, the accused remained,” the prosecutor recalls, saying that the officer broke the Minneapolis Police Code using force.
He said, “George Floyd was not a threat to anyone, and he was not trying to harm anyone.”
“The accused was not prosecuted because he is a police officer,” said Steve Schleicher. The trial takes place in an atmosphere of great tension after the death of a black youth during a traffic stop.
Derek Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, is scheduled to speak after Steve Schleicher before the jury withdraws to deliberate.
For the prosecution, who has summoned nearly 40 witnesses to the bar, it was the policeman who killed George Floyd, who “couldn’t breathe.”
Several doctors said he died of “hypoxia” caused by Derek Chauvin’s pressure on his neck and back. Lung doctor Martin Tobin said that the African American had heart problems, but that even a healthy person “would have died from what Mr. Floyd suffered from.”
Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Aradundu claimed that Derek Chauvin “violated the rules” and “values” of the establishment by kneeling on George Floyd’s neck for too long.
Experts and witnesses at the scene also criticized the inaction of the police officer, who did nothing to revive George Floyd.
For David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, prosecutors “did a very good job” to show that the police officer had not acted “in a reasonable way.”
Derek Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, will attempt to sow doubt in the minds of the jury, which must deliver a unanimous verdict on each of the three counts.
Police convictions of murder are extremely rare, as juries tend to give them the advantage of suspicion.
According to Eric Nelson, George Floyd died of a heart attack due to heart problems, exacerbated by taking fentanyl, an opioid, and methamphetamine, which is a stimulant, and inhaling exhaust fumes while lying on the floor.
According to the defense, the officer used legal actions to get over the struggling individual and keep him frustrated.
It also raised a “hostile mob” who represented a “threat” and would have diverted the police officer’s attention from the fate of George Floyd.
Derek Chauvin, refused to clarify, using the right of any defendant in the United States not to testify that would likely incriminate him.
If the jury cannot agree on all charges, the trial will be declared “null.”
Any scenario other than a conviction worries local authorities.
Tension is extremely high in a city that is already on fire after the death of George Floyd. Businesses are closed behind wooden boards, and the National Guard is patrolling the streets.
The recent death of Don Wright, a young African-American woman killed by a white policewoman during a regular traffic stop in the suburbs of Minneapolis, has heightened this tension.
“We’re preparing for the worst,” said Janai Clanton, a Minneapolis resident. “Everything will explode,” until the sexual man predicted, if Derek Chauvin was not found guilty.
The outcome of the trial will also affect the outcome of three other agents who will be tried in August for “complicity in murder.”