Saturday, October 23, 2021

George Floyd case: US city of of Minneapolis on edge as jury deliberates Chauvin verdict

The jury has retired to weigh up its verdict in the George Floyd death case, in which former police officer Derek Chauvin is being tried for murder charges. Security has been ramped up around the court building in the US city of Minneapolis in anticipation of unrest. National Guard troops are positioned along busy routes throughout the city.

Closing arguments on the case were heard last night, when the prosecutor said in his closing remarks that it was murder. He summarised the state’s succinct position that Chauvin used excessive force when he kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds last May, which was not part of his training.

The defence lawyer argued that Chauvin had correctly followed police training. He cited Floyd’s pre-existing health issues and drug use as the real cause of death.

Floyd, the 46-year-old Black man, was accused of using a counterfeit 20 dollar bill to buy cigarettes, when he was held by the police.

Chauvin faces charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Once arguments close, the jury will be sequestered and decide the verdicts on these charges.

- Advertisement -
Latest news

Over 102 crore vaccine doses provided by centre to states, UTs so far

Government has said that more than 102 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. Union Health Ministry...

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expresses grief over loss of lives due to floods in Kerala

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to floods in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said,...

Five-day Naval Commander’s Conference begins today in New Delhi

The Navy’s top commanders will hold their biannual meeting today to discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister...

National office bearers of BJP to meet in New Delhi today

BJP national office bearers will meet today at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all...
Related news

Over 102 crore vaccine doses provided by centre to states, UTs so far

Government has said that more than 102 crore Covid vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union Territories so far. Union Health Ministry...

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu expresses grief over loss of lives due to floods in Kerala

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed grief over the loss of lives due to floods in Kerala. In a tweet, Mr Naidu said,...

Five-day Naval Commander’s Conference begins today in New Delhi

The Navy’s top commanders will hold their biannual meeting today to discuss the force’s operational, logistical and material preparedness and future plans. Defence Minister...

National office bearers of BJP to meet in New Delhi today

BJP national office bearers will meet today at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Party President JP Nadda has called the meeting of all...