Derek Chauvin trial to continue with MMA fighter who watched George Floyd's death
March 30, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The second day of Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death is set to begin Tuesday with further questioning of a professional mixed martial arts fighter who stumbled onto the scene of the 46-year-old Black man's final moments.
(CNN)The second day of Derek Chauvin's trial in George Floyd's death is set to begin Tuesday with further questioning of a professional mixed martial arts fighter who stumbled onto the scene of the 46-year-old Black man's final moments.
Relying on his own MMA experience, he said that Chauvin performed a "blood choke" on Floyd and adjusted his positioning several times to maintain pressure on Floyd's neck.
The opening statements in Chauvin's trial came 10 months after Floyd's death launched a summer of protest, unrest and a societal reckoning with America's past and present of anti-Black racism and aggressive policing.
Chauvin, 45, has pleaded not guilty to second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges.
In opening statements, prosecuting attorney Jerry Blackwell said Chauvin used excessive and unreasonable force when he knelt on Floyd for 9 minutes and 29 seconds -- a number different than the infamous 8:46 timing that has become a symbol of police brutality.
Blackwell also played the harrowing video and audio of Floyd's death recorded by a bystander to bolster his argument.
In response, defense attorney Eric Nelson argued that Chauvin was following his police training and said Floyd's cause of death was a combination of drug use and preexisting health issues.
She was able to watch live video of Floyd's arrest at the time and called a police sergeant afterward to voice her concerns about the arrest.
The second-degree murder charge says Chauvin intentionally assaulted Floyd with his knee, which unintentionally caused Floyd's death.
The third-degree murder charge says Chauvin acted with a "depraved mind, without regard for human life. " And the second-degree manslaughter charge says Chauvin's "culpable negligence" caused Floyd's death.