The Derek Chauvin The murder trial heard closing arguments on Monday before the jury began considering a verdict on the death of George Floyd which is eagerly awaited by millions of Americans.
Tensions are high in Minneapolis, with hundreds of National Guard soldiers deployed. Last year, video of the alleged murder of Floyd, a 46-year-old black man by the former police officer, sparked days of protests, riots and looting, and demonstrations across the United States and the world.
Protests erupted again earlier this month, over the shooting of Daunte wright, a 20-year-old black man, by officers during a traffic stop in a suburb of Minneapolis.
Many Americans have reached their own verdict in the Chauvin case and see the trial as part of a reckoning in the broader fight for racial justice. However, on Monday the lawyers focused on persuading the jury.
Fiscal Steve Schleicher He said the clue to the case was a video of Chauvin pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck even as he pleaded for his life, right down to his last words of “I can’t breathe.”
“This case is exactly what you saw with your eyes. It’s what you know in your heart, ”he said.
Tension in Washington as the United States awaits Chauvin’s verdict
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