As George Floyd cried out for help on May 25, 2020, the “pavement tearing into his skin” as he repeated he could not breathe, former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin continued to press his knee into the 46-year-old Black man’s neck.
Chauvin “heard him but he just didn’t listen. He continued to push him down, to grind into him, to shimmy, to twist his hand,” prosecutor Steve Schleicher told jurors in Hennepin County court during closing arguments on Monday for the former law enforcer’s murder trial.
More than nine minutes later, after Floyd “went completely limp” and the paramedics arrived at the scene that had drawn a crowd, Chauvin still continued to ignore the pleas for “compassion” as he was pushed off Floyd’s body. By the time Floyd was finally loaded into an ambulance, he had no pulse.
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