Attorney Steve Schleicher spoke about George Floyd’s final words during his final argument.
“George Floyd’s last words on May 25, 2020 were, ‘Please, I can’t breathe.’ And he said these words to Mr. Officer. He said these words to the defendant. And he asked for help with his very last breath, but Mr. Officer didn’t help, “Schleicher told the jury.
He continued: “The defendant did not help. He stayed on top of him, pushed him further down, ground his knees, twisted his hand. His fingers. In the handcuff that tied him.”
Schleicher then spoke about how Derek Chauvin’s actions did not match the Minneapolis police motto.
“The Minneapolis Police Department’s motto is to protect with courage. And serve with compassion. But George Floyd was not a threat to anyone. He was not trying to hurt anyone. He was not trying to harm anyone. Confronting George. ” Floyd that day didn’t take an ounce of courage. And none was shown that day. All that was required, all that was required as a little compassion. And none was shown that day. “
Schleicher called Chauvin’s actions against Floyd an “attack” that lasted 9 minutes and 29 seconds.
“For 9 minutes and 29 seconds. He begged, George Floyd begged until he couldn’t speak, and the defendant continued. This attack. When he couldn’t speak, the defendant continued. When he couldn’t breathe, the defendant continued Defendant continued. Past the point where he had a pulse. Past the point where he had a pulse, the defendant continued this attack. Nine minutes and 29 seconds. “
Chauvin is charged with accidental second degree murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. He did not plead guilty.
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