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Derek Chauvin refuses to testify in George Floyd murder trial

Closing arguments are set to begin in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday, after both the prosecution and defence rested their cases last week.

Mr Chauvin is currently standing trial for the murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd, who died in the former Minneapolis police officer’s custody last May.

Before the 12 jurors are sequestered to determine the conclusion of the trial, they will hear a final appeal from both sides as the prosecution and defence deliver their closing arguments.

The jurors will then be sequestered to decide on a verdict, which could take just a few hours or up to several weeks.

Following both sides resting their cases on Thursday, Judge Peter Cahill told jurors to prepare for a lengthy deliberation process, telling them: “If I were you, I would plan for long and hope for short.”

Meanwhile, Minneapolis is bracing for the verdict, with the National Guard stationed and the areas around the Hennepin County Courthouse boarded up, as protests are expected if Mr Chauvin is acquitted.

Minneapolis schools will also move to distance-learning from Wednesday in preparation for any possible disruptions in the city caused by the trial.

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The verdict comes amid recent protests in the city relating to the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Black Man Daunte Wright, who was killed by a police officer during a traffic stop last week.

Protesters demonstrated outside of Minneapolis police stations, as they called for an end of police violence against Black Americans.

Read The Independent’s updates and analysis below.

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Pig’s head thrown at former home of Chauvin defence witness

A pig’s head has been thrown at the former home of a defence witness in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

Retired police officer Barry Brodd testified last week that Mr Chuavin was justified in his use of force during the arrest of unarmed Black man George Floyd last May.

The Santa Rosa Police Department issued a statement on Saturday saying that it appeared that the “suspects in this vandalism were targeting” Mr Brodd for his testimony in the trial.

However, they confirmed that the vandals appeared to target the wrong house, as Mr Brodd has not lived in that residence for years.

James Crump19 April 2021 12:20

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Derek Chauvin refuses to testify in George Floyd murder trial

All testimony is officially finished in the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, after both sides rested their case on Thursday.

And despite being at the centre of the closely watched civil rights case, Mr Chauvin himself won’t testify, after he invoked the 5th Amendment in court in Minneapolis. He was not expected to take the stand.

A verdict could come as early as next today after closing statements, but it’s unlikely any decision will put long-simmering tensions in Minneapolis between communities and police to rest following the fatal shooting of unarmed, 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright last week.

James Crump19 April 2021 11:50

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Minneapolis schools to close as city braces for protests

Minneapolis schools will move to distance-learning from Wednesday in preparation for any possible disruptions in the city caused by the trial.

The city is bracing for the verdict, with the National Guard stationed and the areas around the Hennepin County Courthouse boarded up, as protests are expected if Mr Chauvin is acquitted.

Due to any possibly disruptions, schools In Minneapolis, including ones that only go back for the first time in a year on Monday, will close from Wednesday and go to distance-learning.

James Crump19 April 2021 11:20

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Defence and prosecution to deliver closing arguments

Closing arguments are set to begin in the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday, after both the prosecution and defence rested their cases last week.

Mr Chauvin is currently standing trial for the murder of unarmed Black man George Floyd, who died in the former Minneapolis police officer’s custody last May.

Before the 12 jurors are sequestered to determine the conclusion of the trial, they will hear a final appeal from both sides as the prosecution and defence deliver their closing arguments.

The jurors will then be sequestered to decide on a verdict, which could take just a few hours or up to several weeks.

Following both sides resting their cases on Thursday, Judge Peter Cahill told jurors to prepare for a lengthy deliberation process, telling them: “If I were you, I would plan for long and hope for short.”

James Crump19 April 2021 10:50

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Welcome toThe Independent’s rolling coverage of the Derek Chauvin murder trial in Minneapolis, as closing arguments are scheduled for today.

James Crump19 April 2021 10:35

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