Published: Sat, April 17, 2021

Derek Chauvin Will Not Testify In His Trial

Derek Chauvin Will Not Testify In His Trial

Closing arguments are set for Monday, after which the racially diverse jury will begin deliberating at the barbed-wire-ringed courthouse.


Chauvin chose not to testify in his own trial, invoking his right against self-incrimination.

Yesterday, Judge Peter Cahill turned down a defence request to acquit Chauvin, rejecting claims that prosecutors failed to prove Chauvin's actions killed Floyd.

Also, what was going through Chauvin's mind could be crucial: Legal experts say that an officer who believes his or her life was at risk can be found to have acted legally even if, in hindsight, it turns out there was no such danger.

A 19-year veteran of the Minneapolis Police Department, Chauvin was sacked from the force after Floyd's death.

Yesterday, Dr. Fowler, a retired forensic pathologist, said it was possible that carbon monoxide ingestion from the tailpipe of the auto that Floyd was pinned on the ground near could have contributed to his death.

"It's simply wrong", Dr. Tobin said, adding that Floyd's level was at most 2 percent, which is "normal".

Mr Floyd was restrained by a total of three officers.

With the trial in session, Minneapolis has been bracing for a possible repeat of the protests and violence that broke out last spring over Floyd's death. Jurors will remain sequestered in a hotel as they begin deliberations on Monday.

The question of whether Chauvin would testify was the subject of weeks of speculation.

Chauvin: "Not at this time I don't".

But testifying could have also given the jury the opportunity to look at his unmasked face and see or hear any remorse or sympathy he might feel. He would have been able to remove the mask he has had to wear at the defence table. It would have been the first time Chauvin publicly told his side of the story. Chauvin faces charges for Floyd's murder.

A picture of George Floyd hangs on a fence outside the Hennepin County Government Center where the trial is beign held.

Chauvin, who is white, was seen in bystander video kneeling on the neck of Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man in handcuffs, for more than nine minutes after Floyd was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.

He said it should be considered "undetermined", saying too many factors were at play to decide which is most influential.

The newer case is of former police officer Kim Potter who is due to appear charged with second degree manslaughter for the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday. Floyd's death spurred global protests against police brutality.

Protests and riots erupted across the United States in the wake of George Floyd's death.

Mr Floyd died past year in an incident in which he was handcuffed by police with the officer's knee pressed on his neck.

Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson is trying to prove that the 19-year Minneapolis police veteran did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died because of his illegal drug use and underlying health problems.

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