/ 20 April 2021

Jury mulls over Chauvin verdict

Closing arguments are being made in the criminal trial against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, and the jury will soon retire to consider its verdict. The trial has taken 3 weeks, heard evidence from 45 witnesses, and focused on 2 things: what caused Floyd’s death and whether Chauvin’s actions were justified and lawful. In summing up, the prosecution urged jurors to “believe your own eyes” – a reference to the shocking video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 9 minutes. The defence says that’s not a “proper analysis” of the case that ignores Floyd’s history with drugs, his preexisting health conditions and behaviour on the day. In May last year, the 46yo black man’s death sparked civil rights protests across America, the scale of which had not been seen since the 1960s. And the city in Minnesota is braced for what might come next.

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