Prosecutor Steve Schleicher reminded the jury of expert testimony giving their opinion on what Chauvin could have done instead of staying on top of Floyd for more than 9 minutes.
“There were multiple times, ladies and gentlemen, multiple times when things could have been different,” said Schleicher.
Among the things Schleicher said the officers could have done to help Floyd – but didn’t – were rotate Floyd onto his side and perform CPR on him.
Schleicher said Chauvin had a duty to provide medical assistance to Floyd, in accordance with police department policy.
“He had a policy, a policy he was supposed to follow. A duty to provide medical assistance. You are not supposed to phone, you are supposed to use your training and provide medical assistance.”
He continued: “The accused knew how to do it, he had the training. He knew better. He just didn’t do better. George Floyd didn’t have to die that day, shouldn’t have died that day. . But, for the fact, that the accused decided not to get up and not let go. George Floyd is dead. “
Schleicher said Chauvin’s actions “were a major factor in the death of George Floyd.”
“These actions are not mistaken, these actions were not police actions. These actions constituted aggression,” he said.
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