George Floyd, Chauvin's Trial Toward Verdict: Jury Assembled

George Floyd 'asked for help with his very last breath', prosecutor tells jury in closing arguments

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Chauvin faces murder and manslaughter charges.

Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder as well as manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death.

On Monday, Cahill ordered that the jury be sequestered in an undisclosed hotel during their deliberations and instructed jurors to avoid all news about the case, which in theory should keep them from being made aware of Biden's remarks.

"We must protect life and property", Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said Monday.

"You must not let bias, prejudice, passion, sympathy or public opinion influence your decision", Cahill said.

Schleicher said it would be "an awesome coincidence [that] he chose at that moment to die of heart disease". He pleaded not guilty to all three charges. Of course, our objective is to ensure there is a space for peaceful protest; that, you know, we encour- - we continue to convey that while this country has gone through an extensive period - especially the Black community - of pain, trauma, and exhaustion, as we've watched these - not just the trial, but, of course, additional violence against their community over the past several weeks, we - it's important to acknowledge that and elevate that at every opportunity we have.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson told the jury they need to look at Chauvin's actions "from the perspective of a reasonable police officer". The white former officer pinned the Black man to the pavement last May for up to 9 minutes, 29 seconds.

Arradondo testified earlier, saying clearly that Chauvin's leaning on the restrained Floyd's neck was "in no way shape or form" part of their training.

For the defence, Minneapolis Park Police officer Peter Chang was called to provide his version of events, supporting their argument that Chauvin and the other officers felt threatened by the crowds watching.

The prosecutor said the defence argued George Floyd died because his heart was too big.

In response, Attorney General Jerry Blackwell instead argued that Nelson had misinterpreted the law.

At the centre of this trial lies one main question - what caused George Floyd's death?

George Floyd 'asked for help with his very last breath', prosecutor tells jury in closing arguments

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

Nelson said Floyd's heart disease and drug use were factors in his death.

Chauvin, dressed in a light grey suit and dark blue shirt and blue tie, took off his face mask to listen to closing arguments but his face displayed little emotion. Waters, who joined those protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Saturday in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, told news outlets that "I hope that we're going to get a verdict that is a guilty", and that "if we don't, we can not go away".

But the importance of the trial was underlined when a Minneapolis police officer shot dead a Black motorist, Daunte Wright, on April 11, triggering more angry protests.

"I hope that we are going to get a verdict that will say, guilty, guilty, guilty", Waters said.

He said the case was a "pivotal point". "Because we're all we've got".

The case lies with the jury, but the judge in the trial said Monday that recent comments by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., urging protesters in Minnesota to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin is not convicted could be grounds for the defense to appeal a verdict.

Defense attorney Eric Nelson, in more than 2½ hours of arguments before the racially diverse 12-member jury, contended that Chauvin followed his police training in restraining Floyd on the pavement of a city street after the suspect initially resisted police efforts to put him into a squad auto.

Schleicher pointed out that Floyd's big size did not make him a threat, and it did not make using excessive force against him justifiable, as the defense has implied.

The defence argued the now-fired officer acted reasonably, telling jurors the 46-year-old victim died of an underlying heart condition and illegal drug use.

At the outset Monday, prosecutor Steve Schleicher reminded jurors that Floyd said "I can't breathe" 27 times in the first 4 minutes and 45 seconds of this encounter.

Lt. Richard Zimmerman of the Minneapolis Police Department testifies.

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