Today is supposed to be the last day of the prosecution’s case in chief in the Derek Chauvin Trial. The state is expected to call a cardiologist as a medical expert today. We can also expect to hear from a member of George Floyd’s family to give “spark of life” testimony. That is to say someone from his family will probably testify to what a great guy he was. The prosecution will probably rest their case in chief today.
Then, it is expected that on Tuesday, the defense is expected to have a three prong defense. First, the defense stated in opening arguments that, “The evidence will show that Mr. Floyd died of a cardiac arrhythmia that occurred as a result of hypertension, his coronary disease, the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body, all of which acted to further compromise an already compromised heart.”
Secondly, the defense will state that , ” Derek Chauvin did exactly what he had been trained to do over the course of his 19-year career. The use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing.”
Finally, a third defense theory is that bystanders who frantically called for Chauvin to get off Floyd were potential threats and distracted him from caring for Floyd. Chauvin may not have done exactly as trained, this theory goes, but the crowd’s hostility offers a non-criminal explanation why. “They are screaming at them, causing the officers to divert their attention from the care of Mr. Floyd to the threat that was growing in front of them,” Nelson said in opening statements.
SNL did a skit about the trial this week that I really thought was out of line at first. This is not laughing matter. But then, as it turns out it was some pretty good satire.