US Jury to Hear Closing Arguments in Trial of Officer Charged with Killing George Floyd

By VOA News*

Minneapolis police officer walks past Hennepin County Public Safety Facility, April 15, 2021.

Jurors in the U.S. state of Minnesota are set to hear closing arguments Monday in the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer charged in the death of George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin’s defense wrapped up two days of questioning witnesses last week after two weeks of the prosecution presenting its case.

After hearing final arguments from each side, the jurors will be isolated until they reach a verdict.

Prosecutors argued that Chauvin, who is white, caused Floyd’s death by kneeling on his neck. Floyd, who is African American, was accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill, and bystander video of the police response last May sparked widespread protests in the United States and other parts of the world against police brutality and racial inequality.

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