Good morning, readers, and welcome to our current live broadcast of the trial against Derek Chauvin. The trial against Chauvin continues this morning at 9 a.m. in Minneapolis, with the trial entering the ninth day of his testimony.
Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, is charged with manslaughter, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd during an arrest last May.
Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd̵
So far, the process has split into several key topics. Prosecutors questioned witnesses extensively, including former Chauvin colleagues and the police chief, about the proper use of force.
They are trying to establish that Chauvin’s behavior violated the instructions of the authorities and was an indisputable excessive use of force that led to Floyd’s death.
Chauvin’s defense, through cross-examination of witnesses, tried to identify specific concepts of the use of force, arguing in practice that excessive force in a situation may be appropriate and reasonable in a number of cases.
Remember: his lawyer, Eric Nelson, basically argued through interrogation that the crowd surrounding Floyd’s arrest could pose a threat to Chauvin and his colleagues on stage, which would displace the relevance indicator.)
Chauvin’s defense is also trying to claim that Floyd’s drug use led to his death – not the knee of his neck, while he cried for help and eventually stopped breathing.
Here are some key moments from Wednesday’s production:
- Sergeant Jody Stiger, whom prosecutors called as an expert on the use of force, said Chauvin’s use of force “it was not objectively reasonable. “
- Stiger, who the defense tried to persuade to say that a mob could take a risk, stood up, saying, “Over time, the video clearly showed Mr. Floyd’s medical condition … his health was deteriorating. His breath was slowing. His tone was fading. His movements began to stop. So at this point, as a stage officer, you have a responsibility to realize that “Okay, something’s wrong.” Something has changed drastically from what happened before, so you have a responsibility to take some kind of action. “
- And the Mercedes Floyd jeep was there before his arrest, as was the police squad on the scene, were the subject of a second forensic examination. While the pills were photographed in these vehicles during the first forensic examination on May 27, they were not registered or subjected to chemical analysis until December 2020 and early 2021, respectively. Nelson insists investigators made a significant mistake. , omitting this to cast doubt on the investigation in general.
- The indications reveal that both pills contain methamphetamine and fentanyl.
- Susan NeathA Pennsylvania-based forensic chemist who also analyzes the pills said methamphetamine levels found some of these samples were low, between 1.9% and 2.9%. Nate said he often came across methamphetamine pills on the street containing 90% to 100% methamphetamine. Thus, indications of relatively low methamphetamine levels may undermine Nelson’s argument for drug overdose.
That’s all for now. Please check back soon for reporting and analysis violations