The particular message that Derek Chauvin inscribed on his hand before hearing the decision that got him guilty
Former Minneapolis cop faces decades in prison after his conviction Tuesday for the murder of George Floyd.
Before the jury was presented with the verdict, Derek Chauvin decided to grab a pen. He kept it with his fingers and began the palm of his left hand as if it were a case. He wrote something. Within hours, members who had spent hours debating their guilt or innocence entered the Manipolis courtroom. The resolution was unanimous: the 45-year-old police officer was found guilty of non-murder in the second degree, murder in the third degree, and murder in the second degree. All three charges carry a maximum sentence of 75 years in prison.
Before the conviction was made official, Chauvin and his lawyer, Eric Nelson, had a brief dialogue. It is believed that the lawyer told him that whatever the outcome of the jury's debate, he would appeal the decision. It was then that the former police officer - who killed George Floyd in May 2020 after suffocating him for nine minutes by placing his knee against the victim's neck - He wrote something on his hand that could only be recognized when he was handcuffed and displayed his palms to the cameras.
According to a video capture analyzed by Fox News and Nelson's own confirmation to the TMZ site, Chauvin wrote the phone number of his defense attorney. The attorney for the convicted person told the latter that his client had written the phone number before the conviction. Chauvin knew that if the jury found him guilty of murder in the second degree, they would almost certainly revoke his bail he would be sent to custody.
But why did he write it on the one hand instead of on paper? From his experience, Chauvin knows that once he crossed the entrance of a penitentiary, his things could be confiscated. Thus, he would be left without the possibility of having the contact of his lawyer. So far, neither the lawyer nor the culprit has said what will happen on the call. However, the two will discuss their possibilities, including possible appeals.
The court's decision came after the Minnesota State Attorney's Office and Chauvin's defense presented their final arguments for about four hours in front of the jury on Monday. After listening to the arguments of both sides and the instructions that the judge has given them for their deliberation, the members of the jury, six white people and six black people or of other races, isolated themselves and locked themselves in a hotel to review all the evidence presented at the trial and reach the sentence.
"They must be absolutely fair," Judge Peter Cahill told the 12 jurors on Monday, asking them to "evaluate and weigh the evidence and apply the law ." The evidence was, however, overwhelming against the policeman. Chauvin was videotaped for more than nine minutes twisting on Floyd's neck, handcuffed and pleading with his face down on the ground. I can't breathe.
In his closing statement, prosecutor Steve Schleicher showed and mentioned to the jury the video recorded by a passerby witness to Floyd's arrest for allegedly using a fake $ 20 bill to buy a pack of cigarettes. You can believe what you see. It was not about police surveillance. It was about murder, he emphasized. Nine minutes and 29 seconds of offensive exploitation of power. The defendant is guilty of all three counts. And there is no excuse, "said Schleicher.
According to the prosecutor, Floyd demanded help in his last breath, but Chauvin did not help. Schleicher said George Floyd was not a peril to anyone. I was not trying to harm anyone.
For his part, defense attorney Eric Nelson assured the jury that Chauvin "did not use illegal force on purpose." "It was not a chokehold," he said, justifying the actions of Chauvin and other police officers who kept Flood on the ground.
According to Nelson, Floyd's heart disease and his drug usage were certain circumstances: they were striving to prove to him that Mr. Floyd's heart disease had played no role. I am not suggesting that it was an extreme death. But it is ridiculous to say that it did not work.
Nelson urged the jury not to find Chauvin guilty: the state could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt, he said.