Derek Chauvin’s defense attorney Eric Nelson making the case against holding Chauvin responsible for George Floyd’s death.

March 31, 2021
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“The evidence is far greater than 9 minutes and 29 seconds.”

During opening arguments, Chauvin’s defense attorney argued George Floyd’s death was not a homicide and he did not die at the hands of Chauvin.

  • He said Floyd died due to a cardiac arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat) that occurred as a result of hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, and “the ingestion of methamphetamine and fentanyl, and the adrenaline flowing through his body.”
  • The defense attorney asked the jury to take into account all of the facts and evidence, including the allegations that Floyd tried to use a counterfeit $20 bill and that he struggled with law officers when taken into custody, as well as Floyd’s size, stating “you will see that three Minneapolis police officers could not overcome the strength of Mr. Floyd.”
  • With respect to Chauvin’s actions, the defense attorney told the jury that Chauvin “did exactly what he had been trained to do over his 19-year career” and the “use of force is not attractive, but it is a necessary component of policing,” arguing that the evidence will ultimately show that Chauvin is not guilty.

Watch the defense’s opening argument HERE

Read about the prosecution’s opening argument HERE

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