Jury begins deliberations in George Floyd murder trial

Derek Chauvin addresses the court in this screenshot from Court TV

Prosecutors, in closing arguments to the jury, which will be sequestered during deliberations, repeatedly showed the harrowing video which was seen by millions around the world.

The jurors are considering three weeks' worth of testimony from 45 witnesses, including emergency responders, police officers, medical experts, eyewitnesses, and those who knew George Floyd most closely.

Security around Minneapolis has also been strengthened ahead of the verdict as authorities fear unrest if there is no guilty verdict.

If the jury in the Chauvin case were to come back with a conviction on third-degree murder only, Chauvin "obviously could never be tried again on the other charges" because of his protection against double jeopardy, said Mike Brandt, a local defense attorney who has been closely following Chauvin's trial.

It's one of the most high-profile court cases in U.S. history, after Floyd's death sparked a worldwide movement against police brutality and racism.

Arradondo testified earlier, saying clearly that Chauvin's leaning on the restrained Floyd's neck was "in no way shape or form" part of their training. He also, for the first time in the trial, called Floyd's death a "tragedy".

By contrast, jurors needed just 11 hours to convict Mohamed Noor, a former Minneapolis police officer who shot Justine Damond, a white woman, when she approached his squad vehicle after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening nearby. Their trial is scheduled for 23 August.

"He was going to do what he wanted, how he wanted, for as long as he wanted". He said the bystanders were challenging Chauvin's authority and "his ego and his pride" but he would show them who's in control.

The President also believes he must directly acknowledge the systemic racism that pervades criminal justice in America, advisers say. "This case is exactly what you thought when you saw it first, when you saw that video". "This wasn't policing, this was murder".

Chauvin is charged with second- and third-degree murder as well as manslaughter in connection with Floyd's death.

At issue is a short phrase in the statute: that the defendant's conduct must be found to be "eminently risky to others".

The jury started deliberations at 4pm on Monday and finished at 8pm for the day.

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They urged protest organizers to work with the city's Office of Special Events and the Police Department before events to increase safety. We've got to stay on the street. Waters, who joined those protesting the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright on Saturday in nearby Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, told news outlets that "I hope that we're going to get a verdict that is a guilty", and that "if we don't, we can not go away". "Guilty, guilty, guilty", said Waters. "We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business".

Tensions are high as the jury begins deliberations, with National Guard troops deployed in Minneapolis after Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was shot dead in a suburb of the Minnesota city on April 11 by a white policewoman.

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

If the former police officer is convicted on any of the three counts, he will be immediately taken into custody.

"He did not purposefully use unlawful force", Nelson said.

The judge told Chauvin's attorney: "Congresswoman Waters may have given you something on appeal that may result in this whole trial being overturned".

"You must not let bias, prejudice, passion, sympathy or public opinion influence your decision", Cahill said.

The 82-year-old Waters is known for being outspoken on issues of race and poverty. African American, begged him to stop.

Mr Biden, who spoke to Mr Floyd's family on Monday, said he believed the case was "overwhelming".

He spoke only once - and that was out of the presence of the jury - when he invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify in his own defence.

Chauvin attorney Eric Nelson countered by arguing that Chauvin did what any "reasonable" police officer would have done after finding himself in a "dynamic" and "fluid" situation involving a large man struggling with three officers.

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