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Everything you should know about the Derek Chauvin Process

Ten months after killing George Floyd by holding a knee to Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is finally on trial. He faces three charges: accidental second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter. “Ultimately, justice is a belief,” Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd told CNN. On May 25, Floyd was handcuffed and arrested by Chauvin and three other officers for allegedly spending a fake $ 20 bill in a Minneapolis store. During the arrest, Chauvin pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck and ignored Floyd’s repeated cries for help. According to USA Today, Floyd said he couldn’t breathe more than 20 times. Floyd is far from being the first or last black American to be killed by a law enforcement officer. According to the Mapping Police Violence database, 1,127 people were killed by officers in 2020 and blacks are three times more likely to be killed, although 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed. However, Floyd’s case caught national attention when the video of his murder gained prominence and sparked a nationwide series of protests in support of blacks’ lives. Chauvin’s trial began on March 29 with introductory statements. District Attorney Jerry W. Blackwell also videotaped Chauvin kneeling on Floyd as bystanders yelled and begged him to stop. “Mr. Derek Chauvin betrayed this badge when he used excessive and unreasonable force against the body of Mr. George Floyd,” Blackwell said. “That he put his knees on his neck and back, ground him to the breath and crushed – no, ladies and gentlemen – until the life was squeezed out of him. “The following day, six witnesses, including a nine-year-old, reported the trauma of seeing the police kill a man and knowing they were incapable were to stop him. Some of them cried, including 18-year-old Darnella Frazier, who taped the viral video of Floyd’s murder. “It was nights when I got up and apologized to George Floyd for not being anymore Done and not physically interacted and not saved his life, “she said.” But it’s not what I should have done. It’s what [Chauvin] Should have done. “Alyssa, a high school graduate who also witnessed the murder, said she decided to start recording after hearing Floyd’s screams.” I almost walked away at first because there was much to see. But I knew it was wrong and I couldn’t just walk away when there was nothing I could do about it, “said Alyssa before describing the experience of Floyd losing consciousness. Her friend, another witness whose name is unknown, added that it looked “limp” and “purple” like it wasn’t getting enough circulation. Genevieve Hansen, a trained firefighter and paramedic, said she was off duty when she witnessed Floyd’s death. Concerned, she approached officers and pleaded him to check his pulse. “I tried to argue calmly, I tried to be assertive. I accepted and was desperate,” said Hansen. “I really wanted to help.” Finally she called 911. He ic Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, alleged that the yelling and interference from witnesses impaired the police’s ability to do their jobs. At the same time, however, Nelson has claimed that Chauvin did his job correctly. “You will learn that Derek Chauvin did exactly what he was trained to do over the course of his 19-year career,” said Nelson in his opening address. “The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary part of policing.” (Last year it was mind-boggling to watch people try to defend both chauvin and the police as an institution, arguing in one breath that his behavior was an aberration and in another that he was just doing his job. ) The defense has also tried to argue that Floyd was under the influence of drugs and that he died of an overdose that had complications from a heart condition. On March 31 of the trial, 19-year-old Christopher Martin who worked at Cup Foods said that Floyd appeared to be high when he walked into the store on May 25. Martin realized that Floyd had paid with counterfeit money, and he originally planned to only accept the money because he believed that Floyd “didn’t really know it was a counterfeit bill”. After speaking to his manager, his boss asked him to take Floyd back to the store. When Floyd refused, someone at Cup Foods called the police. “If I just hadn’t taken the bill, this could have been avoided,” Martin said before describing the “disbelief and guilt” he felt when he saw Chauvin arrest Floyd. According to Martin, the court played video footage of Floyd crying and asking officers not to shoot him as they approached his car. Several witnesses were heard on the video asking officers to check his pulse. As noted by CNN, this footage also provides the first recorded glimpse of Chauvin’s defense. “We have to control this guy because he’s a sizeable guy and it looks like he’s probably into something,” he says. On April 1, a paramedic testified that he could tell from a distance that Floyd was unresponsive. On the same day, prosecutors questioned Courteney Ross, Floyd’s girlfriend, about his addictions in an attempt to get one step ahead of Nelson’s narrative. Ross explained that both she and Floyd had a “classic story” about how many people start struggling with opioids: They became addicted after filling out prescriptions and “tried very often to break that addiction.” Ross collapsed talking about how she met Floyd, who was working as a security guard, while visiting her son’s father at the Salvation Army shelter. Floyd offered to pray with her. “I was so tired. We had been through so much, my sons and I. And this kind person just to come up to me and say I can pray with you when I felt alone in this lobby,” she said. “It was so cute.” He asked if she was in a relationship, and when she said she wasn’t, they shared a kiss. Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd commented on the defense’s arguments. how this cop couldn’t look bad. But the whole world saw what happened to him, “she told ABC News.” The drugs they say were found in his system didn’t kill him … [it] was the pressure kneeling on the back of his neck. It’s not surprising to me, but one thing is certain. The world [has] seen my brother leave this world “Now, on April 19th, the trial will come to an end. Prosecutors have now spent weeks painting a very harrowing picture of Chauvin’s “indifference” to Floyd and his murder, explaining exactly how things could have gone, but not, and accountability must be maintained. They called 38 witnesses and played dozen of clips. The defense only called a total of seven witnesses. Steve Schleicher, a prosecutor in the case, said Chauvin “voted pride over police” and said the way he killed Floyd with a knee in the neck was “unnecessary, gratuitous and disproportionate”. And now both sides have rested their cases, give their final arguments and wait for the jury’s decision. Currently, 14 jurors have heard testimony for and against Chauvin, but only 12 will consider it as two of the jurors learn they are substitutes. Once the jury is able to reach a conclusion, a judge will sentence chauvin to the charges on the table. Of these charges, second degree murder can result in 10 to 40 years imprisonment, although the New York Times is more likely that chauvin would receive 11 to 15 years in prison. The maximum sentence for third degree murder is 25 years. But if the jury determines that Chauvin is not guilty, the fallout could be immeasurable. “We cannot tolerate this inhumanity of America, we cannot tolerate this evil that we saw in this video [of Floyd’s arrest]Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney who represents Floyd’s family, said. Crump also represents the family of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was shot dead by Minnesota police just last week, just miles from where Chauvin killed Floyd. “People will continue to have these emotional protests,” warned Crump. This is an ongoing report. We’ll update this story as more details become known. Do you like what you see? How about a little more R29 grade, right here? Bodycam footage of George Floyd’s death leakedNew bodycam video shows George Floyd’s complete arrest We are all George Floyd

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