Trial for the death of George Floyd

On May 25, 2020, at 8 am in Minneapolis, Minnesota, police responded to a call about a possible forgery at a convenience store. The store clerk claims that the suspect was a black man in a car right outside of the store. The man was later identified as George Floyd, the police went and took him out of the car and he ended up handcuffed and face-down on the road. George Floyd later perished subsequently of 8 minutes and 46 seconds of his neck being knelt on by former officer Derek Chauvin, who at the time was still in service.
The trial for the homicide finally started on March 29, 2021. Chauvin was being charged with 2nd degree un-intentional murder, 3rd degree murder, and 2nd degree manslaughter. On the first day of trial, Chauvin’s lawyer stated it was immensely more likely that Floyd succumbed to drug overdose and a heart condition then the suffocation caused by Chauvins knee to the victim’s neck. Prosecutors then found that Chauvin genuinely knelt on Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes 27 seconds instead of 8 minutes 46 seconds. The main pieces of evidence that the court bears is the video of Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, and the 2 autopsies that were done on Floyd. The autopsies revealed that his death was officially a homicide, and not the heart contamination that Chauvins advocate had previously presented.
On the second day of the trial there were six people that testified. Firefighter Genevive Hansen testified against Chauvin. She said that as soon as she saw what was occurring, she knew something was amiss. Hansen was the last witness called by the prosecutors on the second day, and she willingly testified. She quotes “There was a man being killed, I would have been able to provide my medical attention to the best of my abilities, and this human was denied that right.” Her testimony became more heated when she started to be questioned by Chauvins lawyer Mr. Eric J. Nelson. Nelson queried that she would have been distracted or frenzied if people heckled her while she was extinguishing the fire and noted that emergency medical workers do not routinely approach the scenes where the police are working until the officers tell them that it is dependable. She responded, “I don’t know if you’ve seen anybody get killed, but it’s upsetting.” That response acquired her a warning from the judge. She was then interrogated about the statements she made describing Floyd as a “small, slim, man”. She claimed that he looked small with all of the officers on top of him. That response also earned herself an additional warning from the judge. The judge advised her to not argue with the counsel, and specifically not to argue with the court. She had to return the next day to finish her testimony.
On the days to come, the trial became far more heated as more evidence was brought to attention. Evidence such as half of the body cam video from Chauvin, full videos from his fellow officers, the original viral video taken of this excursion, and only the five other witnesses to testify along with Hansen. The complete trial of former officer Derek Chauvin lasted up to three full weeks, and ended ceremoniously with Chauvin founded guilty for second-degree unintentional murder, third degree murder, and second degree manslaughter.. This case was finally closed on April 20th, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, much to the relief of court and citizens alike.