Protesters march through downtown Minneapolis during the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, who has been charged with the death of George Floyd. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Craig Lassig)
As the trial of Derek Chauvin, accused of killing Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020, comes to an end, the case against police officer Kim Potter, who allegedly shot and killed Daunte Wright in the city, is about to begin. .
The Chauvin trial, which caused Floyd’s death by placing his knee on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, enters its 14th day this Thursday, April 15. Chauvin is charged with second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The closing arguments are expected Friday or Saturday.
The well-documented murder was first brought to public attention by a 17-year-old passerby, Darnella frazier, who filmed the incident on his cell phone.
Testifying earlier, Frazier burst into tears, telling the court that she wished she could do more. She said she was on her way to the Cup Foods convenience store when she saw the arrest in progress:
“I see a man on the ground, and I see a cop kneeling on him … [he was] terrified, scared, begging for his life.
Prosecution witnesses included medical experts who said neither a sudden heart attack nor a drug overdose caused Floyd’s death. Cardiologist Jonathan rich, who reviewed the details and evidence of the case, said, “George Floyd did not die of a primary cardiac event and he did not die of a drug overdose.”
On Wednesday, Chauvin’s defense team called former Maryland chief medical officer Dr David Fowler, who told the court he would classify Floyd’s death as “undetermined.” Fowler said he used a number of sources of information to come to this conclusion. He had viewed video footage as well as police, toxicology and ambulance reports.
Fowler also said he believed it was possible that, as Floyd was pinned to the ground, he was exposed to carbon monoxide from the exhaust of the police vehicle, which could have contributed to his death. On cross-examination, lawyer Jerry Blackwell told him that he had not seen “any data or test results showing that Mr. Floyd had a single carbon monoxide injury – is that true?”
“That’s right,” Fowler replied.
When asked if he had seen “air monitoring data that actually gave you information on how much carbon monoxide, if any, would have been in Mr. Floyd’s breathing zone” , Fowler curtly admitted he hadn’t.
Earlier, Fowler also admitted that when he said that Chauvin’s body weight – around 140 pounds (63.5 kg) – on Floyd’s neck would not have been enough to cause Floyd’s death, he didn’t had not taken into account the additional weight of the officer’s police equipment. , which would have added an additional 30 to 40 pounds (13.6 kg to 18 kg) by pressing down on Floyd’s neck.
Fowler also said that “fentanyl and methamphetamine” were factors in Floyd’s death. Earlier testimony from Dr. Andrew Baker was that “the subdual law enforcement restraint and neck compression was just more than what Mr. Floyd could take” and that there was not enough medication in his. system for these drugs to be the direct cause of death.
While Fowler was under cross-examination, the officer accused of shooting and killing another black man during a routine traffic stop at Brooklyn Center in Minneapolis on Sunday April 11 was charged with manslaughter in second degree.
The area where the shooting took place is about 10 miles from where the Chauvin trial is taking place.
Kim Potter, who has been a police officer for 26 years, said she intended to use her Taser and not her gun on Daunte Wright, 20. She resigned after the shooting.
Wright’s death sparked three nights of protests, with residents and activists reconvening outside the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Wednesday night, prompting Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliot to impose a 22-hour curfew. Wednesday hours to 6 hours Thursday. He had announced earlier that there would be no curfew.
Elliot said policing had to be done “in a more humane way” when asked if police were tough on protesters.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Arrests said Potter was arrested at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and the bond was set at $ 100,000 unconditionally and $ 50,000 with conditions.
Late Wednesday, the office confirmed that she was released at 5:38 pm on a $ 100,000 bond (loan).
If convicted, the 48-year-old could spend a maximum of 10 years in prison or be fined $ 20,000, or both. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Thursday. DM
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This notice was published: 2021-04-15 08:40:02