The prosecution is expected to rest its case in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial today with testimony from George Floyd’s loved ones.
Across two weeks of compelling and detailed testimony jurors have heard from 35 witnesses – including people who saw Floyd’s fatal arrest, use of force experts, medical experts and Chauvin’s own police chief, Medaria Arradondo who told them that his actions ‘absolutely violated’ his badge and Minneapolis Police Department’s code of ethics.
One of the final witnesses called by the prosecution on Monday morning was Dr Jonathan Rich, a cardiologist from Chicago who is expected to refute the assertion by Chauvin’s defense that Floyd died from cardiac arrhythmia.
Floyd’s family members are expected to testify later today to round out the prosecution’s case.
The third week of Chauvin’s trial kicked off amid heightened tensions in Minneapolis after violent protests erupted in a suburb of the city last night after officers shot dead a 20-year-old black man on Sunday during a traffic stop less than 10 miles from where Floyd was killed.
Before the jury was seated on Monday, Judge Peter Cahill denied a defense motion to sequester the jury in light of last night’s protests.
Chauvin, 45, pleaded not guilty to three counts in connection with Floyd’s May 25 death: second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. It is unclear whether Chauvin will take the stand in his own defense.
His attorney Eric Nelson is expected to call his own medical experts to support the defense’s key argument that Floyd’s death was caused by drug use and underlying health conditions, including a bad heart.
Nelson will also seek to support two other arguments – that use of force is an unattractive but essential component of policing, and that the hostile crowd that surrounded officers as they restrained Floyd had distracted them from proper procedure and care.
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Source: Daily Mail