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Here are the 3 main arguments made by the defense about why the former police officer charged with killing George Floyd should be acquitted.

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"Undetermined."

Fmr. Maryland Chief Medical Examiner Dr. David Fowler answering a question on how he would categorize George Floyd’s “cause of death.” Fowler says Floyd suffered a heart attack due to pre-existing heart disease ~ other potential factors include drugs in his system and accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Fowler’s testimony contrasted with the medical examiner who determined Floyd’s cause of death to be “homicide” — not drug use or heart disease.

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"I felt that Derek Chauvin was justified, was acting with objective reasonableness, following Minneapolis police department policy and current standards of law enforcement in his interaction with Mr. Floyd."

Fmr. police officer and use of force expert Barry Vance Brodd testified that Derek Chauvin acted appropriately - adding that when justified, the use of the restraining a suspect face-down is a "control technique," not "a use of force."

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"I was concerned for the officers' safety, yes."

Minneapolis Park Police Officer Peter Chang, one of the officers called to the scene on May 25, 2020, testified that he was concerned for the safety of the officers that day because "the crowd was becoming more loud and aggressive." One of the arguments made by the defense is that Derek Chauvin's actions were influenced by the surrounding crowd and bystanders, which he deemed as hostile.

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Derek Chauvin declined to take the stand, invoking his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in the case against him. After both sides present their closing arguments on Monday, the judge will instruct the jury before they head into deliberations.

Apr 16, 2021

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