Closing arguments wrap up in Derek Chauvin murder trial

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    Shepard Smith joins ‘Closing Bell’ to report closing arguments have concluded in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. The jury has to consider three charges against Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s case. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

    Prosecutors and the defense made their closing arguments to the jury on Monday in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer accused of killing George Floyd last May.

    The anonymous multiracial jury will be allowed to deliberate for as long as it takes to reach a verdict, which must be unanimous.

    Arguments came amid a mounting uproar in Minneapolis and elsewhere over police violence against Black men.

    “You can believe your eyes,” prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors. A video of Chauvin with his knee of Floyd’s neck formed a central aspect of the prosecution’s case.

    “Why is it necessary to continue applying deadly restraint to a man who is defenseless, who is handcuffed, who is not resisting, who is not breathing, who doesn’t have a pulse?” Blackwell added.

    “It was like he was in a vice. It was like he was being squeezed in a vice,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher said..

    Schleicher pushed back on arguments, made by the defense, that Floyd died as a result of his underlying health conditions and drug use.

    “You are not required to believe this amazing coincidence that after this nine minute 29 second constraint” that Floyd “chose that moment to die of heart disease,” Schleicher said.

    Eric Nelson, Chauvin’s attorney, began his arguments seeking to get jurors to think broadly about whether Chauvin was acting within the bounds of the law.

    “The standard is not what should the officer have done in these circumstances. It’s not what could the officer have done differently,” Nelson said.

    Nelson said that the standard was what a reasonable officer would do given all of the circumstances facing him or her.

    “All of the evidence shows that Mr. Chauvin thought he was following his training,” Nelson said. “There is absolutely no evidence that officer Chauvin, intentionally, purposefully, applied unlawful force.”

    The case is the most high-profile legal fight involving a white officer who has been accused of killing a Black man to come in recent years.

    Immediately after arguments concluded, Nelson asked Judge Peter Cahill to grant a mistrial, citing comments made by Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Waters on Saturday urged protesters to “get more confrontational” if the jury reaches a verdict of not guilty.

    Cahill rejected the motion for a mistrial but said, “I’ll give you that Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal.”

    “I wish elected officials would stop talking about this case, especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law, the judicial branch and our function,” Cahill said.

    White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed about the case during a press conference on Monday afternoon. Psaki declined to say whether President Joe Biden would personally be disappointed if Chauvin is found not guilty.

    The closing arguments put forward two very different versions of what happened on May 25, the day that Floyd died after Chauvin and other Minneapolis police officers attempted to arrest him on suspicion of passing a counterfeit bill.

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