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Derek Chauvin trial live: In closing arguments, prosecutor says Chauvin 'chose pride over policing' in George Floyd's death

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MINNEAPOLIS — Attorneys for the prosecution and defense in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, charged in George Floyd’s death, are presenting their closing arguments Monday.

Prosecutor Steve Schleicher reminded jurors about the horror the crowd saw that day and said Chauvin “chose pride over policing,” calling Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck “unnecessary, gratuitous and disproportionate.”

“And he did it on purpose. This was not an accident. He did not trip and fall and find himself on George Floyd’s neck,” Schleicher said, adding, “Believe your eyes. What you saw, you saw.”

The attorneys were summarizing their respective evidence and witness testimony, trying to focus jurors on the most important elements and what they argue those elements proved. The prosecution rested its case last week after calling 38 witnesses and playing dozens of video clips over the course of 11 days. The defense rested Thursday after calling seven witnesses over two days.



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