Testimony In Chauvin Trial Comes To An End
Category: News & PoliticsBy: john-russell • one month ago • 26 comments
Both the prosecution and the defense have rested in the Derek Chauvin trial. Closing arguments will begin Monday morning, with jury deliberation to follow.
I have watched parts of the trial over the past three weeks, usually on ABC News channel, which is a 24 hour news app and not the main broadcast channel. Not a left wing source. Generally, the legal experts on ABC News seem to believe that the evidence against Chauvin is very strong. Not only do they have the video and eyewitness testimony proving Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes, and video and audio showing that numerous bystanders shouted to Chauvin that Floyd was unconscious, the prosecution also had police department witnesses, including the Minneapolis police chief, who testified that Chauvin did not follow proper police procedures. The prosecution also had medical testimony indicating that Floyd died of lack of oxygen caused by obstructed breathing due to his lungs being compressed by Chauvin.
The defense seems to have been that Chauvin was distracted by bystanders on the nearby sidewalk (who were yelling at Chauvin to please stop killing Floyd), or that Floyd caused his own death by ingesting drugs, or that Floyd died from a heart attack, or , a last ditch attempt to say that the exhaust from the squad car Floyd was laid out next to poisoned him with carbon monoxide. All the defense issues seem to have been countered by the prosecution.
Will there be "riots" if somehow, against overwhelming evidence, Chauvin is acquitted ?
What do you think ?