Good morning, readers, and welcome to our ongoing live coverage of the Derek Chauvin trial. Negotiations against Chauvin will continue this morning at 9 in CT in Minneapolis, where the trial goes into its ninth testimony.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, faces charges of second-degree accident, third-degree murder and second-degree murder in George Floyd’s death during an arrest in May last year.
Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against the neck of Floyd, who is black, for more than nine minutes during the fatal meeting. He has pleaded guilty to the charges.
So far, the trial is divided into several key themes. Prosecutors have conducted extensive interrogation of witnesses, including Chauvin̵
They try to establish that Chauvin’s behavior violated departmental guidelines and was an overtly excessive use of force, resulting in Floyd’s death.
Through his cross-examination of witnesses, Chauvin’s defense has sought to select concrete concepts of the use of force and effectively argued that excessive force in a situation may be appropriate and reasonable in a number.
Remember: his lawyer, Eric Nelson, has basically argued through question marks that the crowd that formed around Floyd’s arrest could have posed a threat to Chauvin and his colleagues on stage, which would move the metric for expediency.)
Chauvin’s defense is also trying to argue that Floyd’s use of drugs led to his death – not the knee to his neck when he shouted for help and eventually stopped breathing.
Here are some key points from Wednesday’s cases:
- Sgt Jody Stiger, which prosecutors called as an expert witness on the use of force, said that Chauvin’s use of force “was not objectively reasonable. ”
- Ladders, which the defense was trying to encourage to say that a crowd could pose a risk, stood in its place and said: “As time went on in the video, you could clearly see Mr. Floyd’s medical… his health was deteriorating. His breath became smaller. His voice became lower. His movements began to cease. So at that point, as an officer on stage, you have a responsibility to realize that ‘OK, something is not right’. Something has changed drastically from what happened in the past, so therefore you have a responsibility to take some form of action. ”
- Both the Mercedes SUV Floyd was in before his arrest, as well as the police team car on the spot, was the subject of another forensic examination. While pills were recorded on photographs in these vehicles during the first forensic examination on 27 May, they were not logged or subjected to chemical analysis in December 2020 and early 2021, respectively. Nelson has pushed to suggest that investigators mistakenly lost this to cast doubt on the investigation more generally.
- Testimony revealed that the two pills contained methamphetamine and fentanyl.
- Susan Neith, a Pennsylvania-based forensic chemist who also analyzed the pills, said levels of methamphetamine detected that some of these samples were low, between 1.9% and 2.9%. Neith said she often comes across street methamphetamine pills that have from 90% to 100% methamphetamine. So evidence pointing to the relatively low levels of methamphetamine may undermine Nelson’s argument for drug overdose.
That’s it right now. Come back soon to break reporting and analysis.