In opening, prosecutors say that when an EMT who was a bystander approached to try & check George Floyd’s pulse & render aid, Chauvin refused her & pointed his mace at her.
Prosecution: “Chauvin does not let up & he does not get up.” Watching 9:29 of excruciating video, Chauvin keeps grinding his knee on George Floyd’s neck, ignoring all efforts to get him to care for Floyd & ultimately even an EMT bystander demanding he check for a pulse.
Defense starts by defining reasonable doubt. Their whole strategy is to convince at least one juror there is reasonable doubt about guilt. It takes a unanimous jury to convict.
First witness is the 911 dispatcher prosecutors referred to in opening statements who was so distressed by what she was able to see - there was a fixed camera where Chauvin had George Floyd on the ground - that she called the Sgt. to alert him. She had never done that before.
We will likely not see (although the jury will hear from) two bystander witnesses who were juveniles & who have objected to being televised.…

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