George Floyd sought help with his 'very last breath'

Still from video footage posted on Facebook showing police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd

After hearing closing arguments Monday, the group of 12 jurors met for four hours as they began the process of working toward a verdict.

Chauvin was captured on video kneeling on Floyd's neck, as the latter was pinned facedown and handcuffed on the ground for more than nine minutes complaining, "I can't breathe".

"There are things that a police officer is entitled to take into consideration above and beyond the facts: the training that they receive, their experience as a police officer, their department's policies on use of force, and all of these things kind of lead into the question of, most critically, what are the facts that were known to a reasonable police officer at the precise moment before force was used?"

"This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first, when you saw that video", prosecutor Steve Schleicher told the jury. "Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw", he said.

"George Floyd was not a threat to anyone", Schleicher said. "All that was required was a little compassion and none was shown on that day".

Prosecutors, in closing arguments to the jury, which will be sequestered during deliberations, repeatedly showed the harrowing video seen by millions around the world. "Police officers have strong legal authority to use force".

Chauvin, 45, is charged with murder and manslaughter for Floyd's 25 May, 2020 death, which sparked protests across the United States and around the world against racial injustice and police brutality.

Floyd was suspected of trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at a nearby convenience store. "Now that we USA representatives threatening acts of in relation to this specific case".

Forty-seven percent of registered voters in the April 16-19 survey said Chauvin should be found guilty while 20 percent said he should be found innocent.

George Floyd is being worked on in the ambulance to try to start his heart after it was determined that he was in cardiac arrest
Calls for racial justice and police reform have intensified Credit Pool /Shutterstock

The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

Last week, Chauvin invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination and did not take the witness stand.

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson countered by arguing that Chauvin did what any "reasonable" police officer would have done after finding himself in a "dynamic" and "fluid" situation involving a large man struggling with three officers.

Judge Peter Cahill said the court is in recess, "until we hear from the jury". He also cited comments from Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., who has voiced support for protesters in Minnesota.

"I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law and to the judicial branch", he said, but added: "A congresswoman's opinion really does't matter a whole lot".

With tensions high as a possible verdict nears, two guard members were slightly injured after at least one person opened fire from a vehicle on a team of troops and police early on Sunday in Minneapolis, authorities said. Many stores are boarded up to prevent a recurrence of the damage and looting that took place after Floyd's death nearly a year ago.

"And if we don't, we can not go away".

"We are in touch with local authorities, we are in touch with states, with governors, with mayors", Psaki said. We've got to stay on the street.

Protests, some of them violent, broke out in many cities in the US and throughout the world.



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