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The Chauvin Trial: Video of Floyd's 2019 Arrest Could Change Everything as the Defense Rests Its Case

Added 04-20-21 02:45:04pm EST - “The defense in the trial of Derek Chauvin rested its case Thursday after introducing compelling footage of George Floyd's 2019 arrest.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “The Chauvin Trial: Video of Floyd's 2019 Arrest Could Change Everything as the Defense Rests Its Case”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The trial of Derek Chauvin is rapidly approaching its conclusion as the defense rested its case Thursday.

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was accused of killing George Floyd during an infamous arrest that took place on May 25, 2020. During the arrest, Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for roughly nine minutes and Floyd became unconscious. Floyd died that day.

The state has levied three charges against Chauvin — second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The state’s case for conviction hinged on two arguments — first, that Floyd died specifically due to Chauvin’s actions and second, that Chauvin used excessive and unreasonable force while restraining Floyd.

In order to do so, Chauvin’s lawyer, Eric Nelson, focused much of his argument on a 2019 arrest of Floyd as well as testimonies from a handful of expert witnesses.

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