MINNEAPOLIS — Derek Chauvin “betrayed the badge” the day George Floyd died, prosecutors mentioned Monday throughout closing arguments within the intently watched homicide trial — as jurors noticed never-before-seen photos of Floyd’s injuries.
“That day, his badge wasn’t in the suitable place,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher advised jurors in Hennepin County District Courtroom. “He knew higher. He simply didn’t do higher. This was not an accident.”
“He betrayed the badge and every thing it stood for,” Schleicher mentioned. “It’s not how they’re educated. It’s not following the principles.
“This isn’t an anti-police prosecution. It’s a pro-police prosecution.”
New photos of Floyd’s injuries had been displayed in courtroom for the primary time — exhibiting bruises to the left facet of his face, as nicely as his bloodied shoulder and knuckles from being pinned to the bottom.
Schleicher advised the panel that Floyd begged for his life “till he may communicate no extra” whereas Chauvin pressed a knee to his neck.
“George Floyd’s last phrases on Might 25, 2020, had been, ‘Please, I can’t breathe,’” he mentioned. “Please, I can’t breathe.”
“9 minutes and 29 seconds,” Schleicher mentioned. “Throughout this time, George Floyd struggled, determined to breathe, to make sufficient room in his chest to breathe.”
“The power was an excessive amount of,” he continued. “He was trapped. He was trapped with the unyielding pavement beneath, as unyielding as the boys who held him down, pushing him.”
Schleicher additionally addressed claims by the protection that Floyd needed to be restrained as a result of he was bigger and stronger than Chauvin.
“There was no superhuman power that day,” he mentioned. “There’s no superhuman power as a result of there’s no such factor as superman power. These exist in comedian books.”
“Solely people,” he added. “Only a man. Only a man mendacity on the pavement, being pressed upon. Desperately crying out. A grown man crying out for his mom.”
Schleicher mentioned Floyd was “so determined to breathe, he pushed along with his face — along with his face — to elevate himself, to open his chest, to provide his lungs room to breathe.”
He additionally disputed protection claims that carbon monoxide fumes from the exhaust of a police car contributed to Floyd’s demise.
“You heard about carbon monoxide. A automobile killed him,” Schleicher mentioned. “This wasn’t carbon monoxide. That’s only a story, and it’s merely fallacious.”
As well as, he rebutted the protection’s competition that Floyd, who had fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system, died from a drug overdose.
“This appeared nothing like a fentanyl overdose,” Schleicher mentioned. “He didn’t die of a drug overdose. That’s not how he died.”
Chauvin legal professional Eric Nelson is because of current closing arguments later in the present day.
Exterior the courthouse, a handful of individuals gathered to take heed to the closings on a radio. An indication studying “Convict Chauvin” was hooked up to a three-wheeled bicycle.
The closing arguments within the case come on the 15th day of the trial, with prosecutors calling 38 witnesses and the protection seven over practically three weeks.
Chauvin, 45, is charged with second-degree homicide, third-degree homicide and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s caught-on-video demise whereas he was being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit $20 invoice at an area comfort retailer.
Floyd’s demise final yr sparked worldwide protests and unrest — prompting authorities to put in unprecedented safety measures on the Hennepin County District Courtroom constructing.
Authorities in Minneapolis and past — together with New York Metropolis — are on excessive alert in anticipation of new protests and demonstrations following the decision.
The jury at Chauvin’s trial consists of three black males, two white males, one black lady, 4 white ladies, and two ladies who establish as multiracial.
Prosecutors relied closely on footage of Floyd’s demise all through the trial, repeatedly exhibiting the jury a number of angles of the incident.
Medical and use-of-force specialists — and police brass who included Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo — additionally testified that Floyd died as a outcome of Chauvin’s restraint and mentioned the restraint is improper.
Protection attorneys countered that Floyd died as a outcome of drug use and a pre-existing coronary heart situation, not Chauvin’s actions.
In addition they argued that Chauvin used correct and “affordable” restraint, and mentioned the ex-cop was distracted by an more and more hostile crowd of bystanders.
Chauvin, who was fired following the deadly encounter, faces as much as 40 years in jail if convicted of the highest cost towards him.
Three different since-fired Minneapolis cops — J. Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao — are scheduled to face trial this summer season on expenses of aiding and abetting second-degree homicide and manslaughter.