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Derek Chauvin behaved as any ’reasonable police officer’ would, his lawyer says in closing arguments

Jonathan Allen

Minneapolis – A prosecutor told jurors to “believe your eyes” as he replayed video of George Floyd’s death last May, beneath the knee of Derek Chauvin in closing arguments on Monday in the former police officer’s murder trial.

Chauvin’s lead lawyer, Eric Nelson, later countered that Chauvin behaved as any “reasonable police officer” would, arguing that he followed his training from 19 years on the force.

Over and over again, Steve Schleicher, a prosecutor with the Minnesota attorney general’s office, repeated a phrase: “Nine minutes and 29 seconds,” — the length of time Chauvin was captured on video on May 25, 2020, with his knee pressed into the dying Floyd’s neck.

Although the jury’s verdict will be seen as a reckoning in the way the United States polices Black people, Schleicher emphasized in remarks that lasted nearly two hours that the jury was weighing the guilt of only one man, not a system.

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