The prosecution calls on the Minneapolis police chief to testify in the Chauvin murder trial in the murder of George Floyd.
Powerful testimony and new videos have highlighted the first week of the murder trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin. Of the 19 people who testified, 10 were witnesses at the scene, as well as Floyd’s girlfriend, two paramedics and firefighters who unsuccessfully tried to revive Floyd – and one of the senior police officers officers of the Minneapolis Police Department who recounted Chauvin’s actions. were “totally unnecessary”. It was a very strong week for the prosecution team, with testimony that left several witnesses to Floyd’s death in tears on the witness stand.
So what can we expect in week two?
As the trial resumed on Monday morning, the prosecution continued to present its arguments against Chauvinist. Judge Peter Cahill has not published a list of witnesses to call each day, so reporters and onlookers only know when they are called.
What to watch out for?
On Monday, the prosecution called Medaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis police chief. It is a remarkable and unprecedented decision for a police chief to testify against a former police officer in a criminal trial. Prosecutors, in their opening statements, said he “would not mince words.” It is believed he will say that Chauvin’s actions were unprofessional and against the department use of force training.
Armandondo’s testimony is believed to mark the start of a lawsuit centered on the use of force by Chauvin.
When will the defense start presenting their case?
Anytime the chase is over and you don’t know when it might be. But many onlookers believe the chase will end this week – possibly as early as Wednesday.
When Chauvin’s team calls witnesses, what does he expect the jury to hear?
During the first week, Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson attempted to sow doubt in the minds of the jurors. Did Floyd resist his arrest? Summer crowd gathering to the 38th and Chicago (estimated at 12 people) becoming increasingly hostile to officers? These are key questions, but the heart of the defense will come down to a simple question: how did Floyd die? The defense will argue that he died of drug use and heart failure. To do this, they will likely call expert witnesses to make this point and make the trial more technical and less emotional.
Will the trial continue to be televised?
Yes. Judge Peter Cahill said the trial would be televised in its entirety, but that he could change the camera shot if a minor testifies to protect their identity – something he did one day last week for three witnesses who were teenagers and a nine year old child. .
Is the trial on schedule?
Yes. In fact, Judge Cahill said he was ahead of schedule. Before the start of the trial, it was believed to last at least four weeks. But there are indications that it could go to the jury for deliberation earlier.