George Floyd Trial: Accused Ex-Police Officer Shuts Up | Free press


The violent death of black American George Floyd caused sensation and outrage around the world. Now the trial is drawing to a close – and the accused refuses to testify.

Minneapolis (AP) – During the murder of African American George Floyd, accused white ex-police officer Derek Chauvin refused to testify. He decided this of his own free will, Chauvin said at the request of Judge Peter Cahill.

Under US law, suspects may refuse to testify so as not to incriminate themselves. Judge Cahill said he would inform the jury that Chauvin had exercised his right, but that it should not be used against him. The Minneapolis lawsuit is nearing completion.

The most serious charge against Chauvin is unintentional murder. They are detained for up to 40 years. According to German law, this would be more like manslaughter. In addition, Chauvin is also charged with third-degree murder, which is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. He also has to answer for second-degree manslaughter, which is followed by ten years in prison. Chauvin pleaded not guilty at the start of the trial.

Prosecution witnesses had been heard in the main trial for two weeks, and the defense stated that their hearing of their witnesses ended after just two days on Thursday. The road seems clear for arguments to close on Monday. The jury then meets to determine whether Chauvin is guilty or innocent.

Floyd, 46, was killed in a brutal arrest in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25 last year. Videos showed the police pushing the unarmed man to the ground. Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes as Floyd begged him to breathe. According to the autopsy, Floyd passed out and died.

Chauvin’s lawyers and experts argued that Floyd’s death was not primarily due to violence, but primarily to his pre-existing health and drug residues in his blood. Experts from the public prosecutor’s office have clearly rejected this. For example, a pulmonologist said that Floyd died from a lack of oxygen. The low oxygen level caused brain damage and brought Floyd’s heart to a halt. Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo described Chauvin’s use of force as disproportionate and illegal.

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