According to prosecutors, Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd out of pride and ego
Attorney Steve Schleicher, speaking on behalf of the prosecution, claims Chauvin’s ego and pride were the reasons he held his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes. Nobody was going to tell the defendant what to do. He wasn’t going to allow these onlookers to tell him what he needed to do.
He said, “And there was nothing — nothing they could do about it. Because he had the authority. The bystanders were powerless. They were powerless to do anything. The defendant, he chose pride over policing.”
The defense responded by claiming that Chauvin acted as a “reasonable” cop and that there is no indication that Floyd was murdered on purpose.
According to Defense Attorney Eric Nelson, You have to look at it from the reasonable police officer standard. You have to remember that cops are human beings who can make mistakes in high-stress situations. In this case, the totality of the circumstances known to a reasonable police officer when the force was used shows that it was authorized to use power, however unappealing it may be. This is a fair amount of uncertainty.
Throughout the trial process, 45 witnesses gave their testimony. Chauvin ended up choosing not to testify, invoking his Fifth Amendment right.
The jury has started deliberating and is expected to spend the night in a hotel. Second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter are among the charges brought against Chauvin. The former police officer could face up to 40 years in prison, 25 years in jail, and ten years in prison, respectively, if convicted. According to CNN, the charges are considered separate, so he could be found guilty of all of them, some of them, or none of them.