The charges against Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, explained

US Jury Hears Closing Arguments in Trial of Officer Charged with Killing George Floyd

"A reasonable police officer understands the intensity of the struggle", Nelson said, saying that Chauvin's body-worn camera and his police badge were knocked off his chest. "And none was shown on that day", Schleicher later said, recalling the motto of the Minneapolis police, which is "to protect with courage and to serve with compassion".

"You can believe your eyes".

"Conscious indifference. Indifference. Do you want to know what indifference is and sounds like?"

With tensions high as a possible verdict nears, two guard members were slightly injured after at least one person opened fire from a auto on a team of troops and police early on Sunday in Minneapolis, authorities said.

"Facing George Floyd that day - that did not require one ounce of courage".

David Schultz, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and Hamline University, said he was not surprised by Chauvin's decision.

Mr Wright's killing triggered several nights of protests in Minneapolis and National Guard troops have been deployed in the Minnesota city where shop windows have been boarded up as a precaution.

"We are in touch with local authorities, we are in touch with states, with governors, with mayors", Psaki said.

During the prosecution's argument, Schleicher replayed portions of the bystander video and other footage as he dismissed certain defence theories about Floyd's death as "nonsense", saying Chauvin killed Floyd by constricting his breathing. "We have to send that message to the police". Floyd, who is African American, was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill, and bystander video of the police response last May sparked widespread protests in the United States and other parts of the world against police brutality and racial inequality. "Police officers have strong legal authority to use force". The lawyer also noted that the first two officers on the scene were rookies and that police had been told Mr Floyd might be on drugs.

Derek Chauvin attended every day of the trial, dressed in a suit and taking notes on a yellow legal pad.

"They say a picture's worth a thousand words, I think that that video said a million and I think it's going to be very hard for the jury to get that image out of their mind", she said.

But the jury did not hear from the former Minneapolis police officer, who on Thursday removed his face covering to invoke his Fifth Amendment right not to testify.

Much of the evidence phase of the trial involved testimony from medical experts about George Floyd's cause of death and whether Chauvin had engaged in reasonable or excessive use of force.

Nelson said Floyd's heart disease and drug use played a role in his death.

They also called a number of bystanders who watched Mr. Chauvin restrain Mr. Floyd in the street, recalling how they pleaded with him to stop.

Medical experts called by the prosecution said Mr Floyd died from hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen, from Mr Chauvin's knee on his neck and that drugs were not a factor.

In a statement released after Brodd's testimony, Santa Rosa Police Chief Rainer Navarro distanced himself from his department's former officer.

People continue to lay flowers at the George Floyd Mural in Third Ward, Houston, TX, where Floyd grew up.

It's unclear how long the jury will deliberate, it could be hours, days or even weeks.

That key question is at the heart of the three charges against the former Minneapolis Police officer and will be top of mind for jurors when their deliberations begin.

If the jurors decide that Derek Chauvin is not guilty on all counts, or guilty only of manslaughter - a lesser charge - the activists will march.

They are to be tried separately later in the year.

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