In the second week of Derek Chauvin’s trial, prosecutors scheduled George Floyd last May to shift their focus to closely analyzing what it means legally.
The first week of the trial in Minneapolis focused on a blow-to-break of Floyd’s last day, including a video from a wife Cellphones, surveillance cameras and police body cameras; Chauvin’s kneeling audience on Floyd upset the testimony; Narration from paramedics and police supervisors who reacted to the scene; And Chauvin’s own statement About what happened.
With that groundwork set up, the prosecution is expected to now focus on proving Chauvin’s actions, which should be considered murder and manslaughter that day.
This would require analysis from medical experts who would explain the cause of Floyd’s death, as well as testimony from police experts who would say that Chauvin used excessive and unnecessary force.
Specifically, prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell called for opening statements to expect testimony from Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, Hennepin County medical examiner, and several forensic pathologists.
Some uses of force analysis have already entered the test. on Thursday, Chauvin’s direct observer said that his use of force Should have ended earlier.
“When Mr. Floyd was no longer giving any resistance to the officers, they could put an end to the restraint,” Sergeant. Said David Ploeger. “It would be appropriate to keep a knee on someone’s neck, as long as they are not protesting anymore, but it should stop when they don’t last long.”
And on Friday, the Minneapolis Police Department Testimony of top homosexual detective occurred The cuff on the neck of the handcuffs when she was handcuffed was “completely unnecessary,” saying that “if your knee is on someone’s neck – it can kill them.”
Chauvin, 45, pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, third-degree murder and third-degree murder.
Defense attorney Eric Nelson has argued that Floyd died of drug overdoses and other health-related problems, and has argued that Chauvin’s actions were within his police training. Nelson has not indicated whether Chauvin will testify in his defense.
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