Joe Biden Says Evidence "Overwhelming" In George Floyd Trial

Darnell Taylor
April 20, 2021

"[If] this prosecution can not speak to the accountability of the systemic issues that are wrong with law enforcement and wrong with policing, then we're not going to see much of a change".

The jury has retired to consider testimony from 45 witnesses, including doctors, use-of-force experts, police officers, bystanders and people who were close to Mr Floyd.

The tense atmosphere also comes amid days of unrest in the area following the shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, by a police officer during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb.

First to testify were the eyewitnesses who found themselves outside the Cup Foods store in Minneapolis on the evening of May 25th, 2020.

The Biden administration is privately weighing how to handle the upcoming verdict in Chauvin's trial, including considering whether President Joe Biden should address the nation and dispatching specially trained community facilitators from the Justice Department, aides and officials told The Associated Press.

18-year-old Darnella Frazier, whose video from the scene was played as a key piece of evidence, wept on the stand as she described how the incident has affected her. I've spent time with his little daughter, Gianna - you should see this attractive child, oh!

Witness Charles McMillian becomes emotional as he answers questions.

In the weeks following Floyd's death and the ensuing outrage that caused millions of Americans to pour into the streets to protest in the midst of a pandemic, Congress promised fundamental change to policing.

"Unreasonable force, pinning him to the ground - that's what killed him".

"They had to overcome the barrier of being able to prosecute police officers", he said.

Police will be prepared and "respond as needed". If the jurors can not come to an agreement, the case would end in a mistrial.

She described how they met at a Salvation Army shelter in 2017, where he was working as a security guard.

Biden called the Floyd family a year ago shortly after Floyd's death, and later the then-presidential candidate traveled to Houston to privately meet with the family and offer his condolences. The charges are to be considered separately and he could be convicted for one or all of them.

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He said his government has received complaints that some hospitals were denying beds to COVID-19 patients. Of which, 1,800 beds are now reserved for Covid-19 patients. "We immediately need more oxygen", he added.

Courteney Ross opened up about their struggles with addiction.

As Nelson began speaking, the Chauvin removed his Covid-19 mask in front of the jury for one of the very few times during the trial. "Human behavior is unpredictable, and nobody knows it better than a police officer".

He told the court that "once Mr. Floyd had stopped resisting, and certainly once he was in distress and trying to verbalize that, that should have stopped".

Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich echoed Schubert and said city officials have been meeting with federal and state law enforcement and emergency management leaders, along with local business and community leaders to prepare for public reaction.

Police officers testifying for the prosecution - including the city police chief - said it was excessive and unnecessary.

However, Noor has taken his case to the Minnesota Supreme Court, which will hear arguments in June.

Both sides called on a number of medical experts to make their case.

Dr. Martin Tobin, a lung and critical care specialist, testified for the prosecution that any healthy person subdued in the prone position Floyd was in would have died.

Psaki said administration officials have been in contact with leaders in Minnesota and in other cities and states that saw unrest after Floyd's death previous year. "The reason George Floyd is dead was because Mr Chauvin's heart was too small", he said. Although he fought hard for his life, Floyd's strength ultimately gave out, said Schleicher.

Dr Fowler also raised the possibility that carbon monoxide from the police car's exhaust pipe could have contributed to Floyd's death, a theory that Dr Tobin was called back by the prosecution to dispel.

A conviction on any of the charges - second-degree murder, third-degree murder or manslaughter - will require the jury to return a unanimous verdict.

The most serious charge carries up to 40 years in prison.

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