Derek Chauvin speaks for first time at his murder trial, says he won’t testify as defense rests its case. Prosecutors will now have a chance for rebuttal after the defense argued George Floyd’s hypertensive heart disease and drug use, together with his struggle with police, led to his death last Memorial Day in Minneapolis. Jury deliberations will begin next week, and legal observers expect jurors to return with a verdict in a matter of days rather than weeks. Ref. USAToday.
Former officer Derek Chauvin found guilty of murder in George Floyd’s death. Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin, who is white, was seen on video pinning George Floyd, a Black man, to the ground for over nine minutes after police responded to a report that Floyd used a counterfeit $20 bill. Ref. USAToday.
‘Insane’: Conservatives explode at verdict. While many have reacted with joy to the verdict in the George Floyd murder trial, conservative commentators have expressed anger. Source 8p.
I felt he would be convicted but what I didn't expect were the irresponsible words of the congresswoman virtually calling for riots if a case conviction didn't happen.
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Overwhelming approval of verdict in George Floyd's death is 'rare moment' of agreement between Democrats and Republicans, snap poll finds. The USA TODAY/Ipsos survey, conducted just hours after ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in the death of George Floyd, found 71% of Americans agreed Chauvin was guilty. Further, 62% of those polled said they would accept the verdict and do nothing further like march or protest; 61% of both Democrats and Republicans answered that way. Ref. USAToday.
That hold of placing the knee on the neck is going out the window with the police. And police will now choose to wait for backup rather than do anything that might kill the suspect. A different kind of police is likely to come out of all of this.
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