The Case Against Derek Chauvin

A look at the arguments made so far in the closely watched trial of the former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd.,

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The Case Against Derek Chauvin

A look at the arguments made so far in the closely watched trial of the former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd.

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April 8, 2021, 6:00 a.m. ET


This episode contains strong language.

In Minneapolis, the tension is palpable as the city awaits the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer accused of murdering George Floyd last summer.

The court proceedings have been both emotional — the video of Mr. Floyd’s death has been played over and over — and technical.

At the heart of the case: How did Mr. Floyd die?

The prosecution have called on police officials to deliver testimony and condemn Mr. Chauvin’s use of a neck restraint, but a big part of their case has been presenting the testimony of the witnesses: people who were going about their normal business and all converged on that corner of south Minneapolis on that fateful day.

Today, we look at the case that has been brought against Mr. Chauvin so far.


John Eligon, a national correspondent covering race for The New York Times.

ImageMedaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis police chief, testified on Monday against the former officer accused of killing George Floyd.
Medaria Arradondo, the Minneapolis police chief, testified on Monday against the former officer accused of killing George Floyd.Credit…Still image, via Court TV

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John Eligon contributed reporting.

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