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Derek Chauvin Trial: What You Need to Know (Podcast)

April 9, 2021, 10:39 PM

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin’s trial has been a two-week whirlwind of emotional witness testimony so far. It has included police department officials, bystanders, medical experts, and an overwhelming amount of video evidence.

Opening statements from the prosecution used the viral video of Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck to try to convince jurors that the death was murder, while defense attorney Eric Nelson said that the videos do not tell the full story. Witnesses as young as nine years old were called to the stand as well as experts, including doctors and a pulmonologist.

The chief of the Minneapolis Police Department opened the second week of the trial with his testimony, saying that the tactic used by Chauvin to restrain Floyd, pressing his knee into his neck, did not follow police policy.

“I absolutely agree that violates our policy,” testified Chief Medaria Arradondo at the trial.

Needless to say, a lot has happened in the courtroom, but we are still likely weeks away from a verdict. In this episode of [Un]Common Law, Adam Allington and Bloomberg Government’s Adam Taylor retrace some of the key moments from the first two weeks of Chauvin’s trial.

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